Win Cafe Sci: "Gravitational wave astronomy"

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The Winchester Discovery Centre

Jewry Street · Winchester

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This is an external event hosted by William Vine at Winchester Cafe Scientifique

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Basingstoke science enthusiasts are invited to this talk by Prof Ian Jones from STAG. The subject of this evenings talk is "Gravitational wave astronomy”.

All talks at Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street 7.00 for 7.30 unless otherwise advertised. Licensed bar serving hot drinks, cakes and snacks. There is no charge to attend, but donations are welcome towards covering speakers expenses.

Licensed bar available from 7:00pm.

On February 11th 2016, something truly remarkable was announced to the world – the detection of gravitational waves from two colliding back holes. Described as one of the greatest discoveries of the century, it confirmed a prediction made by Albert Einstein himself, exactly one hundred years earlier. In this talk, I will describe why this really is a big deal, what is means for physics and astronomy, what else we have detected since, and what we might have to look forward to in the future. The story will take us to some interesting places, involving lasers, super-precise experiments, and, of course, the black holes themselves.

Prof Ian Jones is an expert on astrophysical sources of gravitational waves. He is a member of the Gravity Group in the department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Southampton. He is also a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, the group that in February 2016 announced the first ever detection of gravitational waves, confirming an outstanding prediction of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, and giving us the most direct view yet of those most mysterious objects – black holes.