The Reading / Listening - Level 2

Scientists have seen something amazing in space for the first time. They saw gravitational waves. These are waves in space that are similar to ripples in water. They move outwards from the centre. Gravitational waves start when giant space objects hit each other. Albert Einstein first spoke about waves in space in 1916 in his General Theory of Relativity. One hundred years later, the researchers have proved Einstein was right. The researchers used powerful technology to see the waves. Einstein did not have this technology. He used his genius to predict the waves existed.



The discovery of gravitational waves is one of the most important discoveries ever. A scientist from Arizona State University said it was as important as the invention of the telescope. It will let scientists see many new things in space and answer questions about our universe. The scientist said: "It has opened a new window on the universe." He added that: "Using gravitational waves to explore the universe will allow us to see things we could have never seen before." He said it was beautiful that the discovery happened 100 years after Einstein's prediction.

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Sources
  • http://canadajournal.net/science/researchers-prove-albert-einsteins-theory-of-relativity-42835-2016/
  • http://gadgets.ndtv.com/science/news/gravitational-waves-detection-proves-albert-einsteins-century-old-theory-801468
  • https://thespacereporter.com/2016/02/gravitational-waves-detected-century-einstein-proposed/


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

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Scientists have seen something

a.

the centre

2.

similar

b.

about waves in space in 1916

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They move outwards from

c.

to ripples in water

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waves start when giant space

d.

was right

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Einstein first spoke

e.

to see the waves

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researchers have proved Einstein

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amazing in space

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researchers used powerful technology

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the waves existed

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He used his genius to predict

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objects hit each other



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

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one of the most important discoveries

a.

window on the universe

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as important as the invention

b.

seen before

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It will let scientists see many

c.

ever

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answer

d.

after Einstein's prediction

5.

It has opened a new

e.

new things in space

6.

explore the

f.

of the telescope

7.

see things we could have never

g.

universe

8.

100 years

h.

questions about our universe

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

Scientists have seen something (1) ___________________ for the first time. They saw gravitational waves. These are waves in space that (2) ___________________ ripples in water. They move outwards from the centre. Gravitational waves start when giant space objects (3) ___________________. Albert Einstein first spoke about waves in space in 1916 in his General Theory of Relativity. One hundred years later, the researchers (4) ___________________ Einstein was right. The researchers used powerful technology to see the waves. Einstein (5) ___________________ this technology. He used his genius to predict the (6) ___________________.

The discovery of gravitational waves (7) ___________________ most important (8) ___________________. A scientist from Arizona State University said it was as important as the invention of the telescope. It will let scientists (9) ___________________ things in space and answer questions about our universe. The scientist said: "It has opened a new window (10) ___________________." He added that: "Using gravitational waves to explore the universe will allow us to see things we could (11) ___________________ before." He said it was beautiful that the discovery (12) ___________________ years after Einstein's prediction.





PUT A SLASH ( / ) WHERE THE SPACES ARE

Scientistshaveseensomethingamazinginspaceforthefirsttime.Theys
awgravitationalwaves.Thesearewavesinspacethataresimilartorippl
esinwater.Theymoveoutwardsfromthecentre.Gravitationalwavesst
artwhengiantspaceobjectshiteachother.AlbertEinsteinfirstspokeab
outwavesinspacein1916inhisGeneralTheoryofRelativity.Onehundre
dyearslater,theresearchershaveprovedEinsteinwasright.Theresear
chersusedpowerfultechnologytoseethewaves.Einsteindidnothaveth
istechnology.Heusedhisgeniustopredictthewavesexisted.Thediscov
eryofgravitationalwavesisoneofthemostimportantdiscoveriesever.
AscientistfromArizonaStateUniversitysaiditwasasimportantasthein
ventionofthetelescope.Itwillletscientistsseemanynewthingsinspace
andanswerquestionsaboutouruniverse.Thescientistsaid:"Ithasopen
edanewwindowontheuniverse."Headdedthat:"Usinggravitationalw
avestoexploretheuniversewillallowustoseethingswecouldhavenever
seenbefore."Hesaiditwasbeautifulthatthediscoveryhappened100ye
arsafterEinstein'sprediction.

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

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WRITING

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