Lecture: The Dawn of Gravitational Wave Astronomy


Nov. 30, 2017, 7:30pm to 9pm

Campus Location

Office/Remote Location

Room 102
Russell Frank Astronomy Lecture Series Flyer


Russell Frank Astronomy Lecture

Whispers from the Cosmos:  The Dawn of Gravitational Wave Astronomy

Professor Shane Larson, Northwestern University

We tell the story of the discovery of gravitational waves (awarded the Physics Nobel Prize this year). These waves reveal what happens when two black holes collide, how the inner core of a star destroys itself during a supernova explosion, and how the graveyard of the galaxy is filled with the whisper of binary white dwarf stars that spiral together as they fade into oblivion. We will also look ahead to the future of this new branch of astronomy.

This talk is intended for a general audience including enthusiasts of all backgrounds and ages.

Admission Information

This event is free and open to the public.

Contact Information

BPB 239
George Rhee

Event Sponsor

UNLV Department of Physics and Astronomy