"A New Ear on the Universe:" A BBC radio show about LIGO
First Observing Run of LIGO's Advanced Detectors begins
18 September 2015 -- The first Observing Run of Advanced LIGO, called O1, started on September 18, 2015. During the run, the LIGO detectors in Hanford and Livingston will be simultaneously collecting data. The run is planned to last three months. It will provide LIGO researchers with long-awaited new data to continue their quest to directly detect cosmic gravitational waves. Already three times more sensitive than initial LIGO, the Advanced LIGO detectors will be fine-tuned in the next months to increase the sensitivity 10 times compared with the initial LIGO. This will allow the scientists to detect gravitational waves generated as far away as several hundred millions of light years.
LIGO Lab and LSC release strain data from Science Run S6
June 2015 -- The LIGO Laboratory and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) are pleased to announce the public release of strain data taken by the project's two gravitational wave detectors during LIGO's sixth science run (S6) that occurred from July 2009 through October 2010. This release follows the release of the LIGO S5 data in August 2014.
Read more about the S6 data release.
Dedication of Advanced LIGO
19 May 2015 -- The Advanced LIGO Project, a major upgrade that will increase the sensitivity of the LIGO instruments by a factor of 10 and provide a 1,000-fold increase in the number of astrophysical candidates for gravitational wave signals, was officially dedicated in a ceremony held at the LIGO Hanford facility in Richland, Washington. See more at Caltech News.
Ask Them Anything: LSC's interactive AMA session on reddit
13 February 2015 -- In conjunction with the launch of the documentary film "LIGO Generations" on Space.com, the LSC hosted an interactive Ask Me Anything (AMA) session at reddit.com. Read questions and answers at LIGO's We're Scientists of LIGO Reddit page.
LIGO Generations: A New Documentary about LIGO
30 January 2015 - Kai Staats, the filmmaker behind "LIGO, A Passion for Understanding" documentary, has released a new documentary about LIGO titled "LIGO Generations." This new film shows how scientists bridge the gap between the special language of astrophysics and bright young students. Watch the 25-min movie.
Researchers installing some of the small suspended LIGO mirrors in the vacuum system. Image credit: Caltech/MIT/LIGO Lab.