April 9, 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. [Read more...]

Astro-Vid Of the Week: A New Look at LIGO

The entrance to LIGO Livingston. (Photo by Author)

An exciting astronomical observatory is finally be getting the recognition it deserves.

We’ve written about the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) before. LIGO consists of a pair of L-shaped arrays, one based in Hanford Washington and one in Livingston Louisiana which we toured in 2010.  LIGO first went online in 2002, and its mission is to detect gravity waves generated by such exotic events as binary pulsar or black hole mergers. [Read more...]