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.
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