LIGO and Virgo Detect Neutron Star Smash-Ups
News Release • May 2, 2019
LIGO and VIrgo detect gravitational waves from what appears likely to be a crash between two neutron stars, and possibly a neutron star-black hole collision.
First Public Gravitational Wave Alert Issued!
News Release • April 11, 2019
LIGO and Virgo have sent out their first-ever “public alert”, informing the world of a possible gravitational wave detection. The candidate event occurred on April 8, 2019.
LIGO and Virgo Resume Search for Ripples in Space and Time
News Release • March 26, 2019
The National Science Foundation's LIGO is set to resume its hunt for gravitational waves on April 1, after receiving a series of upgrades to its lasers, mirrors, and other components.
LIGO and Virgo to Begin Third Observing Run on April 1, 2019
News Release • March 20, 2019
The O2 Data Set Is Now Available
News Release • February 27, 2019
LIGO and Virgo announce the release of the strain data from the O2 observing run.
LIGO Receives New Funding to Search for More Extreme Cosmic Events
News Release • February 14, 2019
The National Science Foundation (NSF) awards Caltech and MIT $20.4 million to upgrade LIGO.
LIGO and Virgo Announce Four New Gravitational-Wave Detections
News Release • December 3, 2018
The National Science Foundation's LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) and the European-based VIRGO gravitational-wave detector have published new results from the first two Observing runs. Four new black hole mergers are newly announced, The LIGO and Virgo collaborations have now confidently detected gravitational waves from a total of 10 stellar-mass binary black hole mergers and one merger of neutron stars, which are the dense, spherical remains of stellar explosions.
Winners of the 2018 Award for Excellence in Detector Characterization and Calibration Are Announced
News Release • November 20, 2018
Winners of the 2018 Award for Excellence in Detector Characterization and Calibration are announced.
LIGO Prepares for Third Observing Run
News Release • September 21, 2018
Staff at LIGO Hanford and Livingston are hard at work finishing critical upgrades and preparing for the start of LIGO's third observing run, O3, scheduled to begin sometime early 2019.
LIGO Laboratory Announces The Award for Excellence in Detector Characterization and Calibration
News Release • September 14, 2018
LIGO Laboratory announces The LIGO Lab Award for Excellence in Detector Characterization and Calibration
Jocelyn Bell Burnell Receives Breakthrough Prize
News Release • September 10, 2018
The LIGO Lab and LIGO Scientific Collaboration congratulate Jocelyn Bell Burnell for receiving the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.
C.E.K. Mees Medal awarded to Stanley Whitcomb
News Release • August 20, 2018
LIGO’s Stanley Whitcomb recently received 2018 C.E.K. Mees Medal from the Optical Society. Whitcomb is being recognized for his pioneering, diverse interdisciplinary contributions to the LIGO gravitational wave detectors. The award recognizes “an original use of optics across multiple fields.”
LIGO Celebrates One-Year Anniversary of Historic Binary Neutron Star Merger Detection
News Release • August 17, 2018
LIGO Congratulates IceCube on Multimessenger Astronomy Success
News Release • July 16, 2018
The LIGO Laboratory congratulates the IceCube neutrino observatory team on its recent multimessenger astronomy success!
LIGO Designated APS Historic Site
News Release • June 15, 2018
On June 20th, LIGO's two detector sites will be designated historic sites by the American Physical Society. The two observatories - one in Livingston, Louisiana and one in Hanford, Washington - will receive plaques recognizing the historic nature of the first direct detection of gravitational waves.
New Video: LIGO: A Discovery that Shook the World
News Release • February 22, 2018
The National Science Foundation funded Advanced LIGO Documentary Project released a new video looking at information coming from first multi-messenger detection of colliding neutron stars. On August 8, 2017, LIGO joined forces with Virgo and over 70 astronomical observatories to look at a neutron star merger through gravitational waves and electromagnetic waves (light). This video explores the significance of that event.
New Ron Drever Gravitational Wave Scholarship Announced
News Release • January 2, 2018
The family of a pioneering Scottish physicist has donated a substantial portion of his estate to support a postgraduate research scholarship at the University of Glasgow.
Physics World 2017 Breakthrough of the Year Award
News Release • December 11, 2017
Physics World announced that the first multi-messenger detection of a neutron star merger was 2017's breakthrough of the year. LIGO was one of over 50 collaborations involved with this breakthrough.
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.