Welcome to LIGO Livingston
• October 26, 2017
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 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.
Science Saturday @LIGO Livingston, October 20th
News Release • October 9, 2018
Come tour the world's first successful gravitational wave detector! On Saturday Oct. 20th, LIGO Livingston opens its doors to the public as we celebrate science. Tours happen roughly every 30 minutes. Lobby activities center around detecting things and using science to understand what you've detected. LIGO's Science Saturdays are free and open to the public from 1 PM - 5 PM.
LIGO Prepares for Third Observing Run
News Release • September 21, 2018
LIGO Laboratory Announces The Award for Excellence in Detector Characterization and Calibration
News Release • September 14, 2018
Science Saturday @LIGO Livingston, Sept. 15th
News Release • September 13, 2018
Jocelyn Bell Burnell Receives Breakthrough Prize
News Release • September 10, 2018
Science Saturday @LIGO Livingston, Aug. 18th
News Release • August 14, 2018