Thursday, February 11, 2016

the gravity of new life

the rumour is that the LIGO project has detected a significant signal of gravitational waves originating from two distant black holes orbiting each other and merging together!

a big press release from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) is scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 10:30 AM US EST).  you can WATCH the news of the project update HERE.

so what are gravitational waves?  PhD Comics explains them very well in this video:

and if you're curious about how we detect these amazingly weak gravitational waves?  check out this post by Markus Pössel.

in other major life events... i'm 40 weeks along and ready to meet my tiny baby ANY TIME NOW!  very exciting :)


Eva said...

What if the baby is born the same day as the graviton!

Amanda Bauer said...

the geek name possibilities are endless! :)

Stanley Workman said...

Recently, I had the honor of working collaboratively with the astrophysics lab at Case Western Reserve University in taking a series of deep space images. The field had been having difficulty in filtering out the static found prevalent thus far. The resultant photos which interpret what telescopes were seeing, seem to be causing quite a stir in both the fine art and astronomy circles.
Please refer to my LinkedIn profile, for further biographical data. -Marc Breed, Fine Artist