Nobel Prize Week
News Release • December 6, 2017
LIGO Founders Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne and Barry Barish will be awarded the Nobel prize this week in Stockholm, Sweden. On Friday, Dec. 8th they will deliver their Nobel lectures. On Sunday, Dec. 10th they will receive their medals as part of the Nobel award ceremony.
LIGO and Virgo announce the detection of a black hole binary merger from June 8, 2017
News Release • November 15, 2017
Scientists searching for gravitational waves have confirmed yet another detection from their fruitful observing run earlier this year. Dubbed GW170608, the latest discovery was produced by the merger of two relatively light black holes, 7 and 12 times the mass of the sun, at a distance of about a thousand million light-years from Earth. The merger left behind a final black hole 18 times the mass of the sun, meaning that energy equivalent to about 1 solar mass was emitted as gravitational waves during the collision.
LIGO Detection of Colliding Neutron Stars Spawns Global Effort to Study the Rare Event
News Release • October 16, 2017
LIGO’s detection on August 17, 2017 of gravitational waves from merging neutron stars has spawned an explosion of new science across the global astronomical community. This detection is especially important to science because the waves were created by matter and not black holes. As such, a deluge of electromagnetic radiation was also produced in the process; something not associated with any of LIGO’s previous detections. Behind the scenes of this amazing discovery.
Nobel Prize awarded to LIGO Founders
News Release • October 3, 2017
LIGO co-founders Barry C. Barish, Kip S. Thorne, and Rainer Weiss win the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics.
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 Founders receive Fudan-Zongzhi Science Award
News Release • September 25, 2017
Three LIGO founders were awarded the Fudan-Zongzhi Science Award.
LIGO's 2nd Observation Run Finishes
News Release • August 25, 2017
A very exciting LIGO-Virgo Second Observing run is drawing to a close August 25.
New Video: The New Age of Gravitational Wave Astronomy
News Release • August 11, 2017
The Advanced LIGO Documentary project released the 2nd video in an 8 part series looking at LIGO's historic discovery of gravitational waves, and the birth of the new age of gravitational wave astronomy.
VIRGO Joins LIGO
News Release • August 1, 2017
VIRGO joins LIGO, as a third gravitational wave detector enabling the detectors to better localize where gravitational waves emanate from.
LIGO Awarded Berkeley Prize from American Astronomical Society
News Release • July 27, 2017
LIGO's Dennis Coyne, Peter Fritschel and David Shoemaker were awarded the Lancelot M. Berkeley New York Community Trust Prize for Meritorious Work in Astronomy in recognition of their "groundbreaking" work with LIGO. This award comes from the American Astronomical Society whose mission is to enhance and share humanity's scientific understanding of the universe.
LIGO Catches its Third Gravitational Wave!
News Release • June 1, 2017
LIGO detects a third gravitational wave emanating from coalescing black holes.
LIGO Scientific Collaboration Elects David Shoemaker as Spokesperson
News Release • March 30, 2017
David Shoemaker, MIT senior research scientist, was elected spokesperson of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. Shoemaker was the leader of the Advanced LIGO project. He succeeds outgoing spokesperson Gabriela González. - See more at: http://ligo.org/news/index.php#shoemakerLSC
LIGO Mourns the Passing of one of its Founders
News Release • March 9, 2017
LIGO Mourns the Passing of one of its Co-Founders, Prof Ronald Drever
New movie on LIGO's Mirror suspensions
News Release • February 16, 2017
The Advanced LIGO Documentary project released an 8 minute video looking at the suspension system that holds up LIGO's Mirrors.
New LIGO movie premieres
News Release • February 7, 2017
A new movie about LIGO was just released and is premiering on the newscientist web page at: https://www.newscientist.com/round-up/ligodetection/.
National Academy of Sciences Honors LIGO Researchers
News Release • January 26, 2017
National Academy of Sciences' Henry Draper Medal and the 2017 Award for Scientific Discovery awarded to members of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration
LIGO Resumes Search for Gravitational Waves
News Release • November 30, 2016
After a series of upgrades, LIGO has turned back on and resumed its search for ripples in the fabric of space and time.
LIGO Launches "Gravity Spy" Citizen Science Program
News Release • October 18, 2016
LIGO's newest Citizen Science Program, Gravity Spy, will enable anyone around the world to help LIGO scientists and LIGO computers become better and faster at finding the telltale traces of gravitational waves.
LIGO Celebrates First Anniversary of Historic Gravitational Wave Detection!
Feature Story • September 14, 2016
Today, LIGO celebrates and reflects on the first ever detection of gravitational waves, made on September 14, 2015.
LIGO Pioneers Receive Kavli Prize in Norway
News Release • September 9, 2016
LIGO's Kavli Prize winners received their awards this week in Oslo, Norway
aLIGO Engineering Team Receives Prestigious Optical Society Award
News Release • September 7, 2016
LIGO is pleased to announce that The Optical Society (OSA) has selected the Advanced LIGO Engineering Team as the 2016 recipient of the Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award.
LIGO Does It Again: A Second Robust Binary Black Hole Coalescence Observed
News Release • June 15, 2016
On December 26, 2015, LIGO's detectors caught a second robust signal from two black holes in their final orbits and then their coalescence into a single black hole.