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Astronomy's Search for Gravitational Waves Gets a Boost

The hunt for violent cosmic events, or ripples in the fabric of space-time, just got a major boost. The North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav) will be joining the search, thanks to a $14.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

The funding will allow for the creation and operation of a physics frontiers center to study fast-spinning stars known as millisecond pulsars for fluctuations that could reveal the presence of gravitational waves, or ripples in the fabric of space-time.

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