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  • The collision of two black holes—an event detected for the first time ever by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO—is seen in this still from a computer simulation. LIGO detected gravitational waves, or ripples in space and time, generated as the black holes merged. The simulation shows what the merger would look like if we could somehow get a closer look. Time has been slowed by a factor of 100. The stars appear warped due to the strong gravity of the black holes.
    Credit: SXS
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
7:30 pm

"Tides of Gravity"

A Multimedia Solo Concert by Andrea Centazzo, in Celebration of LIGO's Discovery and the 100th Anniversary of Gravitational Waves

Join us for a stunning, vertiginous journey through magnificent visions of the Universe, through Einstein's genius and obsessions, and through LIGO's historic detection of gravitational waves from two coalescing black holes.

The event features a multimedia concert for solo performer and video images by composer/percussionist Andrea Centazzo, accompanied by personal stories of discovery by leading scientists who accomplished and witnessed the LIGO milestone:

  • David Reitze - LIGO Executive Director
  • Fiona Harrison - Benjamin M. Rosen Professor of Physics; Kent and Joyce Kresa Leadership Chair, Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy
  • Alan Weinstein - Professor of Physics, LIGO Laboratory Data-Analysis Lead
  • Mansi M. Kasliwal - Assistant Professor of Astronomy
  • Surabhi Sachdev - Graduate Student, LIGO Project

This is a free event, but tickets are required. Tickets will be distributed at the Caltech Ticket Office beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 23, 2016 on a first-come, first-served basis.

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