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Follow the links below to get a better look (or listen!) at LIGO.

Videos

Einstein's Messengers -- Watch an award-winning 20-minute documentary on LIGO from the National Science Foundation. Related classroom activities and educational resources can be found at the Einstein's Messengers homepage.


Video credit: National Science Foundation

Watch "Astronomy's New Messengers," a video from the 2010 World Science Festival featuring physicists Kip Thorne and Rainer Weiss, astrophysicist Andrea Lommen, string theorist Brian Greene, science writer and author Marcia Bartusiak, discussing how LIGO may open a new window on observing the cosmos.

LIGO: A Passion for Understanding -- Watch a 22-minute documentary about LIGO exploring the science behind it, by filmmaker Kai Staats. The documentary premiered on Space.com on April 15, 2014. The site also includes a multimedia gallery and more.

Video credit: Kai Staats/Space.com

Gravity: Making Waves -- Learn more about gravitational waves through this essay and an eight-minute video (or watch it below!) from the American Museum of Natural History. The site also includes a visual tour of a LIGO observatory and an interactive demonstration of how the interferometer operates.

Video credit: American Museum of Natural History

100 Hours of Astronomy -- Watch Michael Landry report from the LIGO Hanford Observatory control room during the online celebration of 100 Hours of Astronomy. Recorded on April 3, 2009.

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Video credit: ESO/100 Hours of Astronomy/IYA2009

Scienceface.org -- Learn more about black holes and the scientists that study them. Scientists from around the world are interviewed by a young musician.

LIGO on Future Talk -- Mysteries of the Universe. Watch Brian Lantz and Riccardo Bassiri (Stanford University) explaining how LIGO works and discussing its technology transfers.

Video credit: Future Talk

sounds

Gravitational Wave Sounds -- Listen to the gravitational radiation from binary black holes.  MIT associate professor Scott Hughes has converted the amplitude and frequency information from gravitational wave simulations and turned them into audio files, available in .wav and mp3 formats.

ringtones

Turn your phone into a "gravitational wave machine" with our new ringtones made from purely gravitational wave "sounds." Gravitational wave sounds by LIGO, ringtones by Milde Science Communication, Germany.

images

Click on the thumbnails below to see a gallery of photographs for each subject heading.

LIGO Hanford Observatory LIGO Livingston Observatory Astrophysical Sources
Lasers Optics People at Work
 
Seismic Isolation Vacuum Envelope



LIGO from above


Aerial view of the LIGO Hanford Observatory.
Credit: Caltech/MIT/LIGO Laboratory.