Listening to Einstein’s Universe: The Search for Gravitational Waves

In February 2016, a century after Albert Einstein predicted their existence, scientists announced the first direct detection of gravitational waves. This Nobel Prize-winning observation, from the merger of two black holes, was made using the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and has marked the beginning of an exciting new era in astronomy.

With the Advanced LIGO and Virgo detectors now running in their third observation run (O3) astronomers now aim to observe gravitational waves as almost a weekly event, enabling studies of black holes, neutron stars, and other exotic phenomena, deep in the far reaches of our Universe to be made. Come and learn more about this exciting discovery and some of the research and development undertaken to make some of the most sensitive instruments in the world.