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Black Holes’ Last Tango in Space: LIGO and the Dawn of Gravitational-wave Astronomy

August 10, 2017 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm

Guest Speaker: David Reitze, Executive Director, LIGO Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

ASTRONOMY TALK | The first direct detections of gravitational waves in late 2015 were made possible by a dedicated forty year quest to design, build, and operate LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory. Why so long?? Dr. Reitze will discuss what makes gravitational waves so difficult to detect and at the same time such powerful and unique probes of the universe. Using fantastically sensitive interferometers, the first detections of colliding black holes have now been made — three times! These detections have profound implications for how we will view the universe in coming decades.

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August 10, 2017
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
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