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LIGO Hanford Breaks Ground for New Exploration Center
10/23/2020

LIGO Hanford Breaks Ground for New Exploration Center

Whitney Clavin
New state-of-the-art education facility in Washington State will teach students and the public about the marvels of gravitational waves and LIGO
conceptual design of proposed LIGO Hanford Observatory STEM Exploration Center
A "Bang" in LIGO–Virgo Detectors Signals Most Massive Gravitational-Wave Source Yet
09/02/2020

A "Bang" in LIGO–Virgo Detectors Signals Most Massive Gravitational-Wave Source Yet

Whitney Clavin
A binary black hole merger likely produced gravitational waves equal to the energy of eight suns.
Illustration of a hierarchical black hole merger
Black Hole Collision May Have Exploded with Light
06/25/2020

Black Hole Collision May Have Exploded with Light

Whitney Clavin
Astronomers have seen what might amount to the first light ever detected from a black hole merger.
Artist's concept of a supermassive black hole, with a binary pair of black holes in its disk.
LIGO-Virgo Finds Mystery Object in "Mass Gap"
06/23/2020

LIGO-Virgo Finds Mystery Object in "Mass Gap"

Whitney Clavin
The LIGO–Virgo gravitational-wave network has identified an object that is either the heaviest known neutron star, or the lightest known black hole.
Artwork showing a black hole merging with a black hole or neutron star.
LIGO-Virgo Network Catches Another Neutron Star Collision
01/06/2020

LIGO-Virgo Network Catches Another Neutron Star Collision

Whitney Clavin
A pair of neutron stars has been found with an unusually high mass
Artwork of the neutron star merger
Decade of Discovery
12/19/2019

Decade of Discovery

As December winds down, we mark not just the end of another year of discovery at Caltech but the conclusion of a decade of remarkable accomplishments and research breakthroughs.
collage image for decade in review story
KAGRA to Join LIGO and Virgo in Hunt for Gravitational Waves
10/04/2019

KAGRA to Join LIGO and Virgo in Hunt for Gravitational Waves

Whitney Clavin
KAGRA, LIGO, and Virgo will team up to detect gravitational waves.
Photos of KAGRA, LIGO, and Virgo.
Gravitational-wave Harmony
08/20/2019

Gravitational-wave Harmony

Whitney Clavin
Summer student Mahlet Shiferaw is studying higher-order modes of gravitational waves
Mahlet Shiferaw
LIGO and Virgo Detect Neutron Star Smashups
05/02/2019

LIGO and Virgo Detect Neutron Star Smashups

Whitney Clavin
The triple detectors of LIGO and Virgo have spotted five new gravitational-wave signals since turning back on.
Artwork of neutron stars.
LIGO and Virgo Resume Search for Ripples in Space and Time
03/26/2019

LIGO and Virgo Resume Search for Ripples in Space and Time

Whitney Clavin
The hunt continues for extreme events in the cosmos, such as collisions between black holes.
Engineers working on LIGO upgrades
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