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Gravitational Waves - Press Conference Viewing

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 10:00am
Physical Sciences Complex Lobby

Join us at 10 a.m. as we watch live the press conference that will reveal new details and discoveries made in the ongoing search for gravitational waves. Scientists (including some from UMD) representing the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), Virgo, and some 70 observatories will speak during the press conference, which will begin with an overview of new findings from LIGO, Virgo, and partners that span the globe, followed by details from telescopes that work with the LIGO and Virgo Collaborations to study extreme events in the cosmos. More on the press conference: https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=243379.

(Also, join us on Monday, October 16 at 3 p.m. in the Physical Sciences Complex lobby for a seminar that will broadly highlight the scientific implications of the important new discoveries announced at 10 a.m. This discussion will be hosted by the Joint Space-Science Institute and will include speakers from the Department of Physics, Department of Astronomy and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.)

Background:
The first detection of gravitational waves, made on September 14, 2015, and announced on February 11, 2016, was a milestone in physics and astronomy. It confirmed a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and marked the beginning of the new field of gravitational-wave astronomy. Since then, there have been three more confirmed detections, one of which (and the most recently announced) was the first confirmed detection seen jointly by both the LIGO and Virgo detectors. For more information on gravitational wave astronomy at UMD, visit https://cmns.umd.edu/news-events/features/3976.