# Thoughts on LIGO Gravitational Waves Detection

Update: Do gravitational waves travel at $c$ after all? https://phys.org/news/2017-02-quest-riddle-einstein-theory.html. Post was originally published on 04/10/2016.

Update (6/19/2017): After gaining further insight I’m pretty convinced that gravitational waves travel at $c$. FTEPs are ejected at that speed away from particle core.

We are all familiar with the detection of gravitational waves by now. One thing which bothers me a bit is the claim that those waves advance with the speed of light. How is that possible? I mean if those merging objects caused ripples into the space-time those ripples should behave like the other detected “ripples”, right?

By other ripples I mean for example detected dark matter observations. Based on TOEBI all of those “ripples” are basically volumes with higher FTE density. Like in case of rotating galaxies, galaxy rotation ejects FTEPs towards the outer areas in those galaxies, phenomenon which manifests itself via galaxy rotation curve. Or like in case of galaxy (cluster) collisions, excess FTEPs have momentum of their own and their separation from the “ordinary” matter during the collision explains the observed gravitational lensing observations.

Therefore, I conclude that the detected merger of two black holes occurred in much closer vicinity than 1.3 billion light years. That’s because the velocities of those black holes wasn’t near the speed of light. One other thing which I conclude is that due to the “fact” of the velocity of gravitational waves LIGO scientists (or more likely used software) must have discarded a lot of potential gravitational wave detections just because the detections’ time gap between Livingston and Hanford has been too large!

One thing which puzzles me about my own description is how those waves exactly behave while advancing in FTE. I mean one would think that the velocities of merging black holes would increase towards the end, hence every subsequent FTEP pulse would travel faster than its predecessor FTEP pulse. That would not work… maybe those FTEP pulses originated from the same source can’t pass each other? As usually, more thinking is required.

edit: Indeed, most likely those FTEP pulses won’t pass each other!