[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.   Read more . . .

Up and Coming at LIGO Hanford . . .

[workshop]Teacher workshops at LIGO during the week
of August 10

Teachers between grades K and 8 are invited to attend one or more of LIGO's August workshops: Astronomy Basics, Wave Behavior in the NextGen (WA) Standards, and Computer Programming. Send an email to outreach@ligo-wa.caltech.edu to register!

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LIGO Hanford presents a series of special events to celebrate light
and light-based technologies
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.

[S6_release] LIGO Open Science Center Releases S6 Data   The public now can access data from LIGO's final science run of the Initial LIGO era, Science Run 6 or S6. S6 occurred with the "enhanced" versions of LIGO's H1 and L1 detectors, versions that were partially upgraded from the Initial LIGO design to include some of the changes that are now completely impelemented in LIGO's advanced detectors. S6 spanned July 2009 through October 2010 and produced the highest quality data for gravitational wave searches thus far. LIGO didn't identify a gravitational wave signal in S6; members of the public can access the tools and tutorials on the LOSC website to further scrutinize the S6 data set.
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