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Gravitational waves: What next?

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Location

The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Overview

Join Martin Hendry and Stuart Reid to explore how the discovery of gravitational waves is opening up an entire window into the cosmos. 

Representation of the gravitational wave produced by the merger of two black holes. Credit: NASA, Ames Research Center, C. Henze

February 2016 saw the first direct detection of gravitational waves, produced by two black holes colliding far away in space. This ground-breaking discovery confirms the existence of ripples in the fabric of space-time, as predicted 100 years ago by Albert Einstein’s theory. 

In this Café Scientifique event, we explore the remarkable technology that helped us to detect gravitational waves, and how their discovery can help us eavesdrop on the most violent events in the cosmos.

What is a Café Scientifique?

A Café Scientifique is an informal dialogue-based event with a scientist. A short talk by the speaker is followed by audience questions and an open discussion.

Attending the event

  • Free to attend
  • No registration required
  • Seats allocated on a first come, first served basis
  • This event is part of the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition 2016

For all enquiries, please contact events@royalsociety.org

Gravitational waves: What next? The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK