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What comes next for LIGO?

24 February 2015 -- "What comes next for LIGO? Planning for the post-detection era in gravitational-wave detectors and astrophysics" workshop, Silver Spring, Maryland, May 7-8 2015.

The detection of LIGO's first gravitational wave will be a transformational event, opening new avenues for astrophysical exploration, opportunities to build more powerful detectors directed at known source populations and data analysis enhancements informed by direct detection. Participants in this workshop will discuss how the first few detections might influence which paths offer the best opportunities, and how the community can be prepared with appropriate plans, including international networks and outreach of gravitational wave science to the broad scientific community. We invite gravitational wave scientists, astronomers, and astrophysicists to participate in this discussion. Focus panels will summarize discussions and write up conclusions after the meeting.

Attendance at the workshop will be limited by the venue to approximately 70 people. There will be some limited financial assistance available. If the number of applications exceeds the number of places, acceptance decisions will be made by the organizing committee, with the goal of obtaining an appropriate balance of expertise, institutions, career stages and other factors. However, we will make the meeting available for remote attendees who are interested but cannot attend the meeting.

More details and registration page will be announced soon. If you have any questions, please email Gabriela Gonzalez or Peter Shawhan.

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, the LSC hosted an interactive Ask Me Anything (AMA) session at 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 released in April 2014, 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.

Latest BICEP2/Keck Array/Planck Results on Primordial Gravitational Waves

30 January 2015 - A new joint analysis of BICEP2/Keck Array and Planck data fits the CMBR polarization measurements carried out by these experiments to an improved model of galactic dust and a possible contribution from primordial gravitational waves generated by inflation.

Read more about BICEP2 result.

LIGO S5 Data Release

22 August 2014 - The LIGO Laboratory and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) are pleased to announce the public release of two years of data taken by the project's three gravitational wave detectors during LIGO's fifth science run (S5) that occurred from 2005 through 2007.

Please visit the LIGO Open Science Center (LOSC) Web site. The LOSC site offers a number of resources to help participants understand gravitational wave science and LIGO data. LIGO encourages users to register for the LOSC email list. List subscribers will stay informed of updates and future releases, and can send questions and comments to the LOSC development team.

Read more about LOSC data release.

LIGO, A Passion for Understanding: A Documentary about LIGO and People Behind It

15 April 2014 - A documentary by filmmaker Kai Staats shows the science and people behind LIGO. Watch the 22-minute movie, called "LIGO, A Passion for Understanding."

Read more about "LIGO, A Passion for Understanding" movie.

The NASA Swift Observatory

An artist's rendition of the Swift Satellite

The NASA Swift observatory is a low earth orbit satellite whose primary mission is to investigate gamma ray bursts. Swift is working with LIGO and Virgo performing target of opportunity observations using data from the LIGO and Virgo instruments to search for possible gravitational wave sources.