Interior of LIGO at Hanford, Washington Fulldome

LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, consists of two widely-separated interferometers within the United States — one in Hanford, Washington and the other in Livingston, Louisiana — operated in unison to detect gravitational waves. Here the Hanford facility is seen. LIGO was designed to open the field of gravitational-wave astrophysics through the direct detection of gravitational waves predicted by Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. The multi-kilometer-scale gravitational wave detectors use laser interferometry to measure the minute ripples in space-time caused by passing gravitational waves from cataclysmic cosmic events such as colliding neutron stars or black holes, or by supernovae.


NOIRLab/LIGO/NSF/AURA/T. Matsopoulos

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Release date:May 1, 2024, 11:48 a.m.
Duration:22 s
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