SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Scientists have proved a key point of Albert Einstein's theories, and some of them came from our backyard.

More than two dozen professors, scientists and students at Syracuse University worked on the project.

Thursday, they announced they discovered gravitational waves, which is a key point in proving Einstein's Theory of Relativity.

The waves are ripples in the fabric of space-time. And the discovery is a big day for SU and the international science community.

"It's really a day for awe and wonder. Almost all of us have gazed up at the stars and marveled at the wonders of the universe that we can see, but so much is unseen and unobservable. And now due to this research, due to this detection of gravitational waves, a whole new universe has been opened up to us," said Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud.

They say the discovery helped complete Einstein's unfinished business, one-hundred years after he presented his theory.