The recent observation of gravitational waves by the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) consortium made news around the world and resulted in the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics being given for contributions to the LIGO detection. Dr. Shoemaker is an expert in the topic of gravitational waves and will be giving the public talk on this topic on October 27th. Her public talk is the kick-off event for the Georgia Regional Astronomers Meeting.
Gravitational Waves Detected! Merging Black Holes! Not only are these seemingly fantastical concepts making headlines, predicted by Einstein’s theory of gravity 100 years ago, these concepts are in reality important components of the Universe. I will give an introduction to both the theory of black holes and the evidence for their existence in the Universe. I will highlight their role in the recent discoveries of gravitational waves by LIGO and discuss some of the compelling qualities that intrigues students of all ages.