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Saturday, June 8 • 10:15am - 11:15am
Listening to Einstein’s Universe: the Discovery of Gravitational Waves LIMITED
Limited Capacity seats available

Gravitational waves are ripples in the fabric of space and time, produced by some of the most violent events in the cosmos: colliding black holes, exploding stars, even the Big Bang itself. They were predicted by Albert Einstein more than a century ago but only detected in 2015, by the twin LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) detectors in the US, the most sensitive scientific instruments ever built. This remarkable discovery – in which many scientists at the University of Glasgow played a leading role - was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2017, and has opened a whole new way of exploring the universe.

So how on Earth do you detect gravitational waves? Join University of Glasgow astronomer and senior LIGO scientist Martin Hendry as he explores the remarkable the science and technology behind LIGO’s breakthrough discoveries. Using simple, everyday analogies and hands-on demonstrations, Martin brings to life the amazing world of black holes, neutron stars and gravitational waves – showing how primary students and teachers can become “black hole hunters”.


Martin Hendry

Glasgow University

  Practical Workshop
  • Target age range 7-11