The Dawn of Gravitational Wave Astronomy
Thursday, April 6 at 7 pm at USSRC Education Training Facility
Dr. Tyson Littenberg, NASA MSFC, Research Astrophysicist
In 2015 the
Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory (LIGO)
made the breakthrough discovery of merging black holes through the
detection of gravitational waves. This talk will tell the story of the
detection, what new things it has taught us about the universe, and what
the new field of gravitational wave astronomy has in store.
Links of Interests
- LIGO Lab: Caltech and MIT
- LIGO Scientific Collaboration
- Gravity Spy,
citizen science program where you can help to find the elusive gravity wave
About Dr. Tyson B. Littenberg
Dr. Tyson B. Littenberg is a research astrophysicist at NASA's Marshall
Space Flight Center. Dr. Littenberg is a member of the Laser
Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific
Collaboration and serves as the principal investigator for the NASA/MSFC
LIGO Group, and was a member of the team which made the breakthrough
discovery of gravitational waves . Dr. Littenberg’s research focus is
on gravitational physics and developing Bayesian inference methods for
solving big data challenges in astrophysics.
USSRC Education Training Facility
U.S. Space & Rocket Center's Education Training Facility (ETF) is located
5 Tranquility Base [Google Map] on the campus of
U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC). Sometime the online maps will take you to the Marriott,
which share the same address. It is the brown building just after the turn to the Marriott
when you are approaching USSRC.
It has both the USSRC and NASA logo on the main entrance.
On Google Map it is listed as "Marshall Institute Education Training Facility. HAL5's meeting
takes place in the main auditorium on the first floor. Toward the back of the building when
you come in. There will be signage pointing you to the auditorium.
If you click on above map, it should open up Apple Map if you on an iOS device,
and Google Map on Android/Window devices or Desktop browser (regardless of OS).
If you like, here is the direct
link to the Google Maps