20 Mar 2016

Gravitational Waves

Running time: 45m

Acknowledgements: Andrew Wilson, John McConnell., and the National Science Foundation (US).

In this month’s program the topic is gravitational waves. We take a look at LIGO and how it works, along with the historic discovery of gravitational waves in September 2015. We consider the cause of gravitational waves, black holes, supernovae, and what the future holds for gravitational wave astronomy. Finally we look at the European Space Agency’s LISA Pathfinder mission which begins its science observations this month (March 2016).

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