India Approves Construction of Third LIGO Observatory!
News Release • February 17, 2016
In the wake of LIGO's detection of gravitational waves, the Indian government has approved the construction of the long-awaited third LIGO interferometer. LIGO Laboratory Executive Director, David Reitze expressed his excitement.
White House Congratulates the LIGO Team
Feature Story • February 12, 2016
President Obama congratulates the LIGO team on Twitter. John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, also congratulates the LIGO Team.
Gravitational Waves Detected 100 Years After Einstein's Prediction
News Release • February 11, 2016
For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein's 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos.
Advanced LIGO's First Observing Run Comes to an End
News Release • January 12, 2016
The Advanced LIGO detectors completed their first ever official observing run on January 12, 2016, after a 5-year instrument upgrade.
LIGO Featured in BBC World Service Radio Documentary
News Release • September 21, 2015
The BBC World Service has produced a documentary featuring LIGO and its new quest to detect gravitational waves.
The Newest Search for Gravitational Waves has Begun
News Release • September 18, 2015
On September 18, 2015, after a 7-year redesign and rebuild, the twin LIGO 'advanced' interferometers officially began their search for gravitational waves.
The Countdown to First Observations has Begun
News Release • July 31, 2015
LIGO will get a running start on its first Observation Run 'O1' with an Engineering Run, 'ER7', beginning on Monday, August 17th, 2015.
Finding Einstein: Dedicating the Advanced LIGO Detectors
News Release • May 19, 2015
The Advanced LIGO Project, a major upgrade that will increase the sensitivity of the LIGO instruments by a factor of 10 and provide a 1,000-fold increase in the number of astrophysical candidates for gravitational wave signals, was officially dedicated in a ceremony held at the LIGO Hanford facility in Richland, Washington.