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Gravitational Waves: Listening to the True Music of the Spheres

Wednesday, April 7, 2010 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Featured Speaker: Bernard Schutz, Director, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Albert Einstein Institute.

Photo Credit: ESA

In the coming decade scientists will open the newest window on the universe by detecting for the first time the gravitational waves that were predicted a century before by Einstein. But instead of looking through this window, we will be listening to the universe through it because gravitational waves are space-time’s counterpart to soundwaves, and our detectors are our microphones. In this MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION you will be able to listen to the “sounds” made by massive black holes, colliding neutron stars, exploding supernovas, and the Big Bang itself, and you will learn just how different our experience of the universe will be once we have mastered the technology of gravitational wave detection.

Junior Academy members have received a special invitation.

Open to the St. Louis Community

To be held at Washington University in St. Louis, Lab Sciences Building, Room 300.

Note: Parents, please attend this activity with your student – this is not a chaperoned event. Parking is free in yellow spaces after 5:30 pm for this event.

No need to RSVP – for questions, e-mail trecia@physics.wustl.edu


Wednesday, April 7, 2010
7:00 PM-8:30 PM