April 27, 2021
Gravitational radiation; Gravity; Circular orbit; Gravitational potential energy; Force of gravitation; Lifetime
Gravitational waves are ripples in the fabled fabric of the Universe that propagate as waves outward from their source at the speed of light. They were proposed by Henri Poincaré in 1905 and subsequently predicted in 1916 by Albert Einstein on the basis of his general theory of relativity. In this article, we deduce the basic equations which predict the gravitational waves from orbiting binaries, such as the two masses orbiting each other in highly circular orbit about their center of mass didactically following the simplest way maintaining, however, the necessary mathematical rigor.