[collision] 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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Up and Coming at LIGO Hanford . . .
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LIGO Hanford presents four special events to celebrate light
and light-based technologies
June 27, 2015   3:00 - 5:30 PM   Film: Particle Fever

An award-winning documentary film about the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the search for the Higgs boson. Join an interactive panel discussion after the film.
July 31, 2015   10:30 AM - 4:30 PM   LIGO Laser Symposium

A meeting for university undergraduates that will showcase examples of frontier laser science along with student research.
August 14, 2015   8:00 PM - 1:00 AM   Night Sky at LIGO

A star-gazing event for all ages starring the Perseid meteor shower. Look through hosted telescopes from the Tri-City Astronomy Club. Join Whitman College Astronomy Professor Andrea Dobson for her 8:00 PM auditorium presentation.
Sept. 26, 2015   1:30 PM - 4:30 PM   LIGO Light and Color Festival

A family-friendly event with light and color experiments for all ages, featuring a special presentation by visual artist Andy Behrle.

[issue_6] LIGO Magazine, Issue Six    LIGO Magazine's latest issue (left) features LIGO Hanford! Explore the online version and read the latest on commissioning progress at LHO along with other stories about people and circumstances at our facility (tumbleweed floods, for instance). You'll see other articles of interest, such as a great piece about the National Science Foundation's role in the development of LIGO by retired NSF Program Director Richard Isaacson. LIGO Magazine comes to you twice yearly from the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. [issue_5]
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