Special Lecture to Celebrate Dundee Astronomical Society’s 60th Anniversary

In 2016, the Dundee Astronomical Society celebrates its 60th Anniversary. To mark this occasion, the Tayside and Fife Branch of the BSA has teamed up with the DAS to present a special lecture, ‘Listening to Einstein’s Universe: the Discovery of Gravitational Waves‘.

We’re delighted that this lecture on one of the most significant astronomical discoveries of recent times will be given by Martin Hendry, Professor of  Gravitational Astrophysics and Cosmology at the University of Glasgow, and a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, the worldwide group of scientists at the forefront of the search for gravitational waves.

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Join us at 6.00 pm on Saturday June 11 when Martin will recount the inside story of the remarkable discovery in September 2015 of  gravitational waves from the merger of two black holes more than a billion light years from Earth, detected by two laser interferometers known as LIGO, the most sensitive scientific instruments ever built. Martin will also explore the exciting future that lies ahead for gravitational-wave astronomy as we open up an entirely new window on the Universe.

The lecture, which is free and open to all, will be held in Lecture Theatre 3 of the Dalhousie Building of the University of Dundee.

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