Las Cumbres Observatory presents

Einstein, Gravitational Waves, Black Holes and Other Matters

Las Cumbres Observatory presents

  • May. 23, 2018
  • Center Stage Theater
May 23, 2018
Las Cumbres Observatory presents
Einstein, Gravitational Waves, Black Holes and Other Matters

with Dr. Gabriela González
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Louisiana State University, The LIGO Scientific
Collaboration, and the Virgo Collaboration

More than a hundred years ago, Einstein predicted that there were ripples in the fabric of space-time traveling at the speed of light: gravitational waves. On September 14 2015, the LIGO detectors in Hanford, Washington and Livingston, Louisiana in the US registered for the first time ever a loud gravitational wave signal traveling through Earth, created more than a billion years ago by the merger of two black holes. Several other gravitational waves from black holes were detected, including one by LIGO and the Virgo detector in Europe produced by two neutron stars giving birth to a black hole, generating also electromagnetic waves detected by many telescopes. We will describe the history and details of the observations, and the gravity-bright future of the field.

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TIMES: Wednesday, May 23 at 7:00 pm

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