Einstein & General Relativity: The Photos You Need to See

Today, LIGO will be announcing an update connected to its search to detect gravitational waves. The existence of gravitational waves was first posited by Albert Einstein when he published his General Theory of Relativity. This theory describes the curvature of spacetime, which can be warped by very massive objects. This warping means that planets and other masses will follow geodesics (shortest paths) through curved spacetime, which can affect many outcomes such as the orbit of planets, Ars Technica reported. The entire concept of spacetime and what exactly it is can get confusing and is far more complicated than the scope of this article. For a good starting primer on General Relativity, check out the Wikipedia article on the topic. Einstein's journey with General Relativity, along with how his brilliant theory has been proven time and time again over the years, is fascinating. Click through the gallery to see more information about Einstein's Theory of General Relativity and how it's been proven over the past 100 years, along with photos of Einstein throughout his life. (Getty)