Gravitational Waves: A New Era of Astronomy Begins

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Gravitational Waves: A New Era of Astronomy Begins

Full Program: 2016 World Science Festival | 01:39:22

Original Program Date: Saturday, June 4, 2016

Featuring Physicist Barry Barish, Physicist Nergis Mavalvala, Physicist Frans Pretorius, Astrophysicist David Shoemaker, and Physicist Rai Weiss with Physicist Brian Greene Moderating

On September 14th, 2015, a ripple in the fabric of space, created by the violent collision of two distant black holes over a billion years ago, washed across the Earth. As it did, two laser-based detectors, 50 years in the making – one in Louisiana and the other in Washington State – momentarily twitched, confirming a century-old prediction by Albert Einstein and marking the opening of a new era in astronomy. Join some of the very scientists responsible for this most anticipated discovery of our age and see how gravitational waves will be used to explore the universe like never before.

Moderator

Brian Greene

Brian Greene

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PARTICIPANTS

Barry Barish_200px

Barry Barish

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Nergis Mavalvala_200px

Nergis Mavalvala

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Frans Pretorius_200px

Frans Pretorius

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David Shoemaker_200px

David Shoemaker

Astrophysicist
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Rai Weiss_200px

Rai Weiss

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