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    Gravitational Waves with Prof Sheila Rowan

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    31 January 18:30 - 20:30
  • Gravitational Waves with Prof Sheila Rowan
    The David Elder Lecture Series

    Just over a century ago, Albert Einstein realised that in his new model for space and time in our Universe (his 'General Theory of Relativity'), space could be stretching and squashing in response to the motion of objects. These ripples in space-time — 'gravitational waves' — are produced by some of the most energetic and dramatic phenomena in our universe, including colliding black holes, spinning neutron stars and supernovae.

    Close to 100 years after the prediction of the existence of gravitational waves, the advanced detectors of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detected such signals for the first time, starting a new era in astronomy. Sheila Rowan will explain the nature of gravitational waves, describe what sources out in the Universe can produce them, explain how they are detected, and what the future of this new era in astronomy might look like.

    Glasgow Science Centre is proud to host the David Elder Lectures in partnership with the University of Strathclyde's Department of Physics.

    Tickets cost £6 per person.Adults only event