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January 17, 2018 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
Category: Lecture
Location: Wayne State University Planetarium 0209 Old Main | Map
4841 Cass
Detroit, MI 48201
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff


Join us for monthly science talks January through May at the WSU Planetarium.


Join us Wednesday, January 17th, at 7:00 p.m. for Hearing the Universe: the detection of gravitational waves Presented by Ed Cackett

Department of Physics & Astronomy, Wayne State University

On September 14, 2015 astrophysicists recorded the gravitational waves from two black holes merging together using the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO). For the first time we could ‘hear’ the ripples in spacetime predicted by Einstein, opening up a new way of looking at the Universe without using a form of light. Professor Cackett will describe why gravitational waves are produced and how LIGO sees them, as well as what we have learned from the handful of detections that have been made so far.

Seating in the planetarium is limited to 60 people. Please RSVP to reserve your seat.

For more information about this event, please contact Megan McCullen at 313-577-6455 or