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LIGO: Astronomy's New Messengers:

Listening To the Universe With Gravitational Waves

Sept 9, 2011 - January 9, 2012

Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves in 1916 as part of the theory of general relativity. In Astronomy's New Messengers, you have the opportunity to increase your understanding of astronomy and the science of gravitational waves. LIGO, short for Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, is a revolutionary new kind of telescope designed and built to observe, for the first time, ripples in the fabric of space-time caused by massive cosmic events. This amazing interactive exhibition allows you to have a close look at a laser interferometer, try a space-time curvature simulation, mimic the curvature of space-time by experimenting with different masses, play a black hole hunter game, and even see a mirror from the real LIGO.

The exhibition is presented by the University of Mississippi, and was originally funded by the National Science Foundation.