LIGO goes to the Rockies
7 August 2013 - The touring version of Astronomy's New Messengers will take to the road again to delight children and adults alike at the 2013 Aspen Science Festival Science Street Fair, a daylong event featuring a non-stop program of interactive exhibits, experiments, games, and shows that will be held this year on August 11, 2013 in Paepcke Park, Aspen, Colorado.
Astronomy's New Messengers will once more showcase LIGO's cool technology to observe the Universe not through light but through gravity. Gravitational waves - ripples of space-time - were theorized by Einstein almost a century ago. LIGO now pushes the frontiers of science and engineering to try and catch these waves for the first time, and explore the death throes of stars, black hole collisions, even the origin of the Universe in a way humans never have before.
The Aspen Science Festival is a summer long celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) comprised of programs for kids up and down the valley in cooperation with various Valley institutions. The programs are deeply rooted in the Aspen Science Center's mission to improve the public understanding of STEAM subjects and centered around our belief that STEAM education follows most effectively when kids have had the opportunity to experience the wonder of science first hand.
Previously, Astronomy's New Messengers has been on display at over twenty science museums, universities and festivals throughout the U.S., including the 2009 and 2010 World Science Festivals in New York City and the first U.S. Science & Engineering Festival in Washington D.C. in 2011. Astronomy's New Messengers participation to the Aspen Science Festival is made possible through the generous support of the National Science Foundation, the LIGO Laboratory, The University of Mississippi, and the Aspen Science Center.
Astronomy's New Messengers
Playing the Black Hole Hunter game. Image Credit: Elizabeth Herren