This morning I heard the same rumour from two distinct (and possibly independent) sources. That’s not enough to prove that the rumour is true, but perhaps enough to make it repeating here.
The rumour is that, on Thursday 11th February in Washington DC at
10.40am 10.30am local time (15.40 15.30GMT), the Laser Interferometry Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) will announce the direct experimental detection of gravitational waves.
If true this is immensely exciting, but I reiterate that it is, for the time being at least, only a rumour.
I will add more as soon as I get it. Please feel free to provide updates through the comments. Likewise if you have information to the contrary…
UPDATE: 9th February 2016. An official announcement of the forthcoming announcement has now been announced. It will take place at 10.30 local time in Washington (15.30 GMT), although it is believed the first ten minutes will involve a couple of songs by the popular vocal artist Beyoncé.Follow @telescoper