LIGO and Virgo make first detection of gravitational waves produced by colliding neutron stars
Press release • October 16, 2017
For the first time, scientists have directly detected gravitational waves — ripples in space and time — in addition to light from the spectacular collision of two neutron stars. This marks the first time that a cosmic event has been viewed in both gravitational waves and light.
Gravitational waves from a binary black hole merger observed by LIGO and Virgo
News Release • September 27, 2017
The LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo collaboration report the first joint detection of gravitational waves with both the LIGO and Virgo detectors. This is the fourth announced detection of a binary black hole system and the first significant gravitational-wave signal recorded by the Virgo detector, and highlights the scientific potential of a three-detector network of gravitational-wave detectors.
LIGO Detects Gravitational Waves
Detection Portal • February 11, 2016
On September 14, 2015 at 5:51 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (09:51 UTC), the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors, located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington, USA both measured ripples in the fabric of spacetime – gravitational waves – arriving at the Earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. The new Advanced LIGO detectors had just been brought into operation for their first observing run when the very clear and strong signal was captured.
LIGO and Virgo announce the detection of a black hole binary merger from June 8, 2017
News Release • November 15, 2017
Scientists searching for gravitational waves have confirmed yet another detection from their fruitful observing run earlier this year. Dubbed GW170608, the latest discovery was produced by the merger of two relatively light black holes, 7 and 12 times the mass of the sun, at a distance of about a thousand million light-years from Earth. The merger left behind a final black hole 18 times the mass of the sun, meaning that energy equivalent to about 1 solar mass was emitted as gravitational waves during the collision.
LIGO Detection of Colliding Neutron Stars Spawns Global Effort to Study the Rare Event
News Release • October 16, 2017
LIGO Founders receive Fudan-Zongzhi Science Award
News Release • September 25, 2017
LIGO's 2nd Observation Run Finishes
News Release • August 25, 2017
New Video: The New Age of Gravitational Wave Astronomy
News Release • August 11, 2017
VIRGO Joins LIGO
News Release • August 1, 2017