The awe of science … and a pastor’s take on the Big Story.
No doubt you’ve seen the story. LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, came back online in September and detected gravity waves emanating from the collapse of of two black holes into one more than a billion years ago. Two interferometers with arms 2.5 miles long, one in Louisiana and the other in Washington State saw the clear signature 7 milliseconds apart. This was the culmination of decades of hard work … and the beginning of a new era of astronomical observatories. I know some of the people involved in this project – who knew of the result since last September, just after it was observed. Although rumors swirled, I am amazed at how well the secret was kept. With further upgrades and additional installations (there are a couple in Europe and one in Japan and one planned…
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