Welcome to LIGO Livingston
• June 10, 2019
LIGO Livingston is located in Livingston Louisiana, in a vast, humid, loblolly pine forest. Home to one of LIGO's two gravitational wave detectors, our facility operates in tandem with LIGO Hanford to listen for the faint whispers of gravitational waves from the most energetic events in the universe. LIGO Livingston is also home to LIGO's Science Education Center, which hosts schools, teacher workshops, tours and monthly Science Saturdays - where the public is invited to explore the science and engineering that underpin our quest to study the universe via gravitational waves.
LIGO and Virgo Announce Four New Gravitational-Wave Detections
News Release • December 3, 2018
The National Science Foundation's LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) and the European-based VIRGO gravitational-wave detector have published new results from the first two Observing runs. Four new black hole mergers are newly announced, The LIGO and Virgo collaborations have now confidently detected gravitational waves from a total of 10 stellar-mass binary black hole mergers and one merger of neutron stars, which are the dense, spherical remains of stellar explosions.
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.
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.
Science Saturday @LIGO Livingston, July 20th
News Release • July 16, 2019
Tour the world's first successful gravitational wave detector from 1 PM - 5 PM, Saturday July 20th (last tour leaves at 4 PM). This month's lobby activities honor the landing on the moon and beyond with activities that explore the moon, gravity and gravitational waves. Free & family friendly.
LIGO Announces Commissioning Break
News Release • July 12, 2019
Science Saturday @LIGO Livingston, June 15th
News Release • June 12, 2019
Science Saturday @LIGO Livingston, May 18th
News Release • May 17, 2019
First Public Gravitational Wave Alert Issued!
News Release • April 11, 2019
LIGO and Virgo Resume Search for Ripples in Space and Time
News Release • March 26, 2019