April 1, 2023
James Madison University
US/Eastern timezone
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Einstein's Gravity Playlist

Apr 1, 2023, 6:00 PM
John C. Wells Planetarium, Miller Hall (James Madison University)

John C. Wells Planetarium, Miller Hall

James Madison University

91 E Grace St. Harrisonburg, VA 22807


Kent Yagi (University of Virginia) Samantha Lomuscio (University of Virginia) Siddarth Ajith (University of Virginia)


This original planetarium show explores the ripples in space-time known as gravitational waves. Albert Einstein first predicted the existence of gravitational waves in 1916, and a century later, scientists detected these waves using incredibly precise laser technology here on Earth. In honor of this long-anticipated detection, the scientists who created the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics. In this show, viewers follow Lucia, a PhD student in physics, as she explores how gravitational waves are formed, how they move through the universe, and how scientists like her work to hear them.

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