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Gravitational Wave Astronomical Revolution

March 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join a discussion with Dr. David Reitze, who will discuss how the LIGO Observatories detect gravitational waves and how gravitational-wave observatories promise to revolutionize astronomy in the coming years and decades.

In late 2015, the LIGO Observatories detected the collision and fusion of the two black holes, directly measuring for the first time the gravitational waves produced during the event. This discovery, which captured worldwide attention, was followed in August 2017 by an equally spectacular discovery: the first observation of the coalescence of two neutron stars, an event seen by both gravitational-wave and light-based astronomical observatories.

These discoveries have profound implications for our understanding of the Universe. Gravitational waves provide unique information about the most energetic astrophysical events, revealing insights into the nature of gravity, matter, space, and time unobtainable by any other means. In this talk, Dr. David Reitze will discuss how the LIGO Observatories detect gravitational waves and how gravitational-wave observatories promise to revolutionize astronomy in the coming years and decades.

The talk is part of Space Science Week 2018—a three-day gathering of five subcommittees of the Space Studies Board, the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, and the Board on Physics and Astronomy to discuss issues and advances in their fields. Please register now!