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.
Welcome to LIGO Hanford
• August 5, 2015
LIGO Hanford is located in the Columbia Basin region of Central Washington near the Tri-Cities. Home to one of LIGO's two gravitational wave detectors, our facility operates in tandem with LIGO Livingston to listen for the faint whispers of gravitational waves from the most energetic events in the universe.
LIGO Hanford hosts site tours, school field trips and special public events. Use the menus above to see our tour and event schedules and to learn more about the science and engineering that are driving the search for gravitational waves.
Upcoming LIGO Hanford Public Tours:
Saturday, February 13th, 2016 at 1:30 PM
Friday, February 26th, 2016 at 3:00 PM
SPECIAL CELEBRATORY LIGO HANFORD PUBLIC EVENT!
On Saturday March 12th, the LIGO Hanford Observatory will hold a special public event to celebrate LIGO's detection of Gravitational Waves, and also to commemorate Albert Einstein's birthday (March 14). For full details, click HERE