March 28, 2020

Astro-Vid Of the Week: Watch the Full-Length LIGO Documentary

It’s not the Death Star… firing up the laser at LIGO.

Credit: NSF/LIGO, Used with permission.

It has arrived.

The search for gravitational waves is big news right now, and the hunt has heated up thanks to direct evidence for inflation in the early universe from the BICEP 2 project based in Antarctica.

But there’s another unique observatory on the hunt for gravity’s ghost: LIGO, or the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory. We’ve written about this unique pair of interferometers based in Louisiana and Washington State before and even visited and reported on the Livingston Louisiana facility after our first NASATweetup at the Johnston Spaceflight Center.

Fans of this space will also remember the trailer we ran for the upcoming documentary on LIGO a few months back. Now, we’re happy to report that you can watch the entire documentary entitled LIGO, A Passion for Understanding directed by Kai Staats online courtesy of the folks at

LIGO has the potential to change the game in modern astronomy. The first direct detection of gravity waves by LIGO would be as big as the news of the discovery of the Higgs-Boson by CERN, but perhaps even more profound. This discovery has the potential to open a whole new window on the universe and give us the capability to probe space and time in a whole new way. Pulsar and black hole mergers should generate copious amounts of gravity waves, which ripple through the Earth and detectors such as LIGO as they warp space and time. Advanced LIGO comes online next year in 2015, featuring a sensitivity of ten times that of LIGO.

Be sure to watch the film, read more about gravity waves and the exciting new documentary at and spread the word about the next revolution in astronomy!


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