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 Post subject: Re: LIGO
PostPosted: September 14th, 2016, 11:05 am 
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LIGO got through the Great Flood just fine, but BRAS decided to cancel it's members-only cookout for last month as many in the area had their lives thrown into disarray.


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 Post subject: Re: LIGO
PostPosted: December 21st, 2016, 5:03 pm 
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Gravitational wave astronomy is here! It should come as no surprise that the January Astronomy includes the LIGO mission in its top ten stories of 2016. Professional (and I guess amateur) astronomers are hoping for established space-based gravitational wave searching by at least 2037.

Needless to say, the LIGO success will be mentioned in the annual "Space Year in Review" presentation at HRPO. As always, the presentation is the first of the Friday Night Lecture Series after our return from holidays in December. "2016--The Space Year in Review" will take place on Friday 6 January at 7:30pm. The talk has no admission fee and is for a general adult audience.

More information:
January 2016 Astronomy, p. 25.


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 Post subject: Re: LIGO
PostPosted: March 9th, 2017, 6:13 pm 
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Professor Ron Drever, co-founder of LIGO, has died at the age of eighty-five. He had been suffering from demetia.

Drever helped develop the Pound-Drever-Hall laser stabilization method. He was a winner of the Kavli Prize, the Shaw Prize and the Gruber Prize.

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http://www.caltech.edu/news/caltech-mourns-passing-ligo-co-founder-ronald-w-drever-54336


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 Post subject: Re: LIGO
PostPosted: July 8th, 2017, 5:26 pm 
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LIGO's monthly open house takes place on Saturday the 15th from 1pm to 5pm. The theme is "Reflecting Science". Members of the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society will be on hand to describe their decades-old science hobby club.


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