The discovery of the year in Physics in 2016 receives the Spanish award, after remaining at the gates of the last Nobel Prize.

Inspection of one of LIGO's ultra-precise lasers.

The scientific collaboration from a score of countries in the Laboratory LIGO and three of the physicists who promoted it, Rainer Weiss, Kip S. Thorne and Barry C. Barish, have been distinguished with the Princess of Asturias Award for Scientific and Technical Research for their contributions in the detection direct gravitational waves, on which the new astronomy is based.

Princess of Asturias Award for gravitational waves

The Laboratory of Gravitational Waves with Laser Interferometer (LIGO) has the collaboration of a thousand scientists of dozens of institutions and universities in a score of countries working on the detection of gravitational waves that can be used in the exploration of the fundamental laws of gravity. German-born American physicist Rainer Weiss (Berlin, 1932) was the inventor of the laser interferometric technique on which the LIGO is based, which he co-founded in the eighties with his compatriots Ronald Drever (who died last March) and Kip Thorne, known for defending the theory of “wormholes” to travel through time. The also American physicist Barry Barish directed this observatory between 1997 and 2006 and was the one who proposed in 1997 the launch of the LIGO scientific collaboration.

This consortium is one of the strongest candidates to win the Nobel Prize, and it was speculated that it did so last year. Perhaps this little Spanish brother is the precedent that will give you luck.