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| You're invited to the LIGO Open House and Star Gaze|
on April 20, 2013! Join LIGO between 1:30 and 4:30 PM April 20 for a family-friendly open house full of hands-on science activities, tours of the Observatory and more. Take a look at LIGO's search for gravitational waves from outer space and enjoy a variety of exhibits and demonstrations. Or would you prefer some great looks at the night sky, including views of Saturn and Jupiter? Come to the LIGO/Tri-City Astronomy Club Star Party at LIGO between 7:30 PM and 11:30 PM on the same day, April 20. Admission to both events is free and all ages are welcome! Reach LIGO with questions about our April 20 events at outreach(at)ligo-wa.caltech.edu.
|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.|
|Follow the installation of Advanced LIGO at LIGO Hanford by surfing our photo and video Galleries. Check the galleries periodically to find recent news on Advanced LIGO activities at LHO. Then come see the real thing on a LIGO tour!|
|LIGO Public Tours Now Offered Twice Monthly|
LIGO Hanford welcomes drop-in visitors for two-hour Observatory tours on the fourth Friday of every month at 3:00 PM in addition to the long-standing second-Saturday tours at 1:30 PM . Tours are free.
|LIGO Hanford Feels East Coast Earthquake on 8/23/2011|
|The plots below show the arrival of earthquake waves from the August 23 Virginia earthquake at LIGO Hanford. LIGO's seismometer network at the Livingston observatory was out of service at the time of the quake due to Advanced LIGO activities. These types of seismic disturbances are commonly felt at the LIGO facilities, although in Hanford's case the nearby sources are more likely to lie near Alaska and along the west coast than in Virginia! These plots were constructed with the LIGO e-Lab Web interface, part of the I2U2 Collaboration. The upper plot shows root mean square values of the raw data, hence the values are positive. The lower plot shows data that were averaged over short time intervals, yielding the classic seismogram-type oscillation about the horizontal axis. The quake occurred near 17:51 UTC on August 23, meaning that the group of seismic waves that delivered the greatest energy to Hanford needed 15 minutes of travel time. The surface distance from the epicenter to LIGO Hanford is roughly 3500 km.|
|Click on the plots for an enlarged view.|
Volunteer to become part of LIGO's public outreach team. Both long-term and short-term volunteer opportunities are available. Inquire at outreach(at)ligo-wa.caltech.edu, at 509-372-8248.
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