[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 Observatory . . .
LIGO August Star Gaze, August 29, 2014   Join LIGO and the Tri-City Astronomy Club for a night of star gazing through hosted telescopes. All ages are welcome! Come and enjoy this free-admission astronomy event.

Start your evening on August 29 at 8:00 PM in LIGO's auditorium by watching the exciting movie Chasing the Ghost Particle. This 2013 production tells the story of IceCube's quest to detect neutrinos from distant sky sources using the world's largest neutrino detector at the South Pole.

[121411] What do you want to know about LIGO? LIGO Hanford's list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) now resides on our Web site. Surf our FAQ for responses to often-asked questions that cover various aspects of LIGO detector operations, data analysis, astronomy/astrophysics and working life at the Observatory. LIGO Hanford thanks students from Liberty High School and Sammamish High School for sending in the questions that started the LHO FAQ!
View recent Advanced LIGO progress at LIGO Hanford by sampling our updated video collection. LHO now has completed the first two tests of Advanced LIGO seismic and suspension subsystems and optical controls, exercising Advanced LIGO hardware between the main laser and one of the detector end stations. The next test, resonating the laser light in the central portion of the detector, is now underway. Commissioning of the full advanced H1 and L1 interferometers will begin in 2014 as the LIGO team moves toward a late 2014 return to detector operations. View the videos[LHO HAM 2]
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[LIGO movie]Watch a new movie:
LIGO, a Passion for Understanding

Stream this 22-minute film from Space.com to see Advanced LIGO coming to life and to hear the thoughts and reflections of a number of LIGO personnel as they continue the journey toward gravitational wave detections on LIGO's huge interferometers.
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