"We have detected gravitational waves. We did it," LIGO executive director David Reitze said during a press conference at Washington DC.
The apparent discovery confirms a prediction made by Albert Einstein a century ago, when the great physicist postulated that a collision of extremely massive objects should produce observable ripples in the fabric of space-time.
Furthermore, the discovery made by LIGO has also become the first actual confirmation of the existence of black holes.
The discovery will likely provide scientists with new ways to discover more about the celestial bodies by studying the gravitational waves emitted by them.