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|Welcome to LIGO Hanford Observatory, located in the Columbia Basin region of southeastern Washington. LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, seeks to detect gravitational waves -- ripples in the fabric of spacetime. First predicted by Einstein in his theory of general relativity, gravitational waves are produced by exotic events involving black holes, neutron stars and objects perhaps not yet discovered. Use our links to explore LIGO science, public outreach and educational resources.
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|View recent Advanced LIGO progress at LIGO Hanford by sampling our updated photo galleries. LHO now has completed the first significant test of Advanced LIGO seismic and suspension subsystems. The next test, consisting of half of the H1 detector, will begin during the spring of 2013. Installation will continue to fill LIGO's schedule during 2013 and early 2014. Commissioning of the advanced H1 and L1 interferometers will begin in 2014 as the LIGO team moves toward a late 2014 return to detector operations. View the photo galleries|
|LIGO Magazine, Issue Two Read the latest on LIGO's search for black holes and catch up on LIGO's people and progress. LIGO Magazine comes to you from the international LIGO Scientific Collaboration, bringing news of the worldwide effort to detect gravitational waves along with interesting features from related areas of astrophysics.|
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"Colliding Black Holes" courtesy of Werner Benger, Zuse Institute Berlin, Max-Planck Institutue fuer Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) and the Center for Computation & Technology at Louisiana State University.
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