A scientific visualization of 2 black holes from: The SXS (Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes) Project

UNO presentation: Hearing Black Holes Collide in LA

News Release • April 20, 2016

On April 21st, find out about gravitational waves, black holes, Albert Einstein and how Louisiana helped make one of the most significant scientific discoveries of the century.  This presentation on HEARING BLACK HOLES COLLIDE IN LOUISIANA will be by Dr. Joseph Giaime, the LIGO Livingston Observatory head as part of the University of New Orleans Einstein Week series of speakers. 

The talk will focus on how the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors in  Livingston, Louisiana and Hanford, Washington, have observed gravitational waves from the collision of a binary pair of black holes a billion light years from Earth.  Our observation was made about a century after the publication Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity and his prediction of such waves; and after half a century of work by several generations of experimentalists to measure the minuscule effects from the waves.  This opens a new era of astronomy, allowing the observation of some of the most energetic and exotic places in the universe.  This talk will be given so that interested people of all ages and backgrounds can learn something about LIGO's observation and enjoy with us the excitement of this recent discovery.

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