Welcome to LIGO Hanford
• November 16, 2020
LIGO Hanford is located in the Columbia Basin region of Eastern Washington near the Tri-Cities of Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco. Our facility operates in tandem with the LIGO Livingston detector to listen for the faint whispers of gravitational waves from the most energetic events in the universe.
LIGO Hanford holds monthly site tours, offers school field trips, and hosts the occasional special public event, all centered on the LIGO Exploration Center, LExC. Use the menus above to find our tour and event schedules, and to learn more about the science and engineering that are driving the search for and study of gravitational waves.
LIGO Ready to Explore Secrets of the Universe
News Release • May 24, 2023
LIGO and its Partners Fast Approaching Next Observing Run
News Release • May 16, 2023
Can Cosmic Collisions Be Predicted Before They Happen?
News Release • March 10, 2023
Latest Update on Start of Next Observing Run (O4)
News Release • January 21, 2023
Winner of the 2022 Award for Excellence in Detector Characterization and Calibration Announced
News Release • November 21, 2022
THE NEXT PUBLIC TOUR DAY AT HANFORD OBSERVATORY IS OCTOBER 14th, 2023. VISIT THE MONTHLY PUBLIC TOURS PAGE TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT!