Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of Mississippi

Events

Event Information:

  • Tue
    16
    Feb
    2016

    Oxford Science Cafe

    6:00 pmLuca Bakery and Cafe, 1120-1122 North Lamar Blvd Oxford, Mississippi

    Katherine Dooley and Marco Cavaglià
    Department of Physics and Astronomy
    University of Mississippi

    Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger.

    On September 14, 2015 at 03:50:45 a.m. CST the two detectors of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory simultaneously observed a
    transient gravitational-wave signal. The signal matches the prediction of
    general relativity for the coalescence of two black holes weighting about
    30 Suns into a single black hole at a distance of over one billion light
    years from Earth. This is the first direct detection of gravitational
    waves and the first observation of a binary black hole merger.
    See this page for details.