LIGO: Latest News

06/01/17

Nearly 3 billion light years from Earth, the black holes are the farthest ever detected.

05/29/17

Much to their surprise, scientists are finding dozens of black holes deep within densely packed collections of stars called globular clusters. We spoke to three astrophysicists—Rainer Spurzem, Carl Rodriguez and Jay Strayder—who are using a record-breaking computer simulation, and other methods, to learn the clusters’ secrets, including whether they gave rise to recently observed ripples in space-time. 

08/15/16

Two winners of the 2016 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics, Kip S. Thorne and Rainer Weiss, discuss the impact of discovering gravitational waves with the enormous detector they spent more than 40 years developing.

06/15/16

Signal was produced by two black holes colliding 1.4 billion light years away.

02/19/16

The project will expand the international network of gravitational wave detectors.

02/11/16

LIGO signal reveals first observation of two massive black holes colliding, proves Einstein right.

02/11/16

Three principal researchers at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO)—Nergis Mavalvala, Rainer Weiss and Matthew Evans—reflect on the epic discovery of gravitational waves and how it will transform the way we see the cosmos.

09/17/15

The Advanced LIGO begins operations this week, after 7 years of enhancement.

05/19/15

Seeking to expand how we observe and understand the universe where we live, the National Science Foundation today helped dedicate the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatories (Advanced LIGO) at the LIGO Hanford facility in Richland, Wash.

03/09/15

The most accepted idea for how the early universe behaved, cosmic inflation, remains more an abstraction than full-fledged theory. During a live Google Hangout, three preeminent scientists considered the evidence for and against this contentious concept.

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