A number of the world’s top scientists will be coming together very shortly to discuss developments in gravitational-wave astronomy. LIGO, Virgo, and 70 observatories will be represented in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) talk that’s due to take place on Monday, October 16, at 10:00 am EDT at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.


The event’s been set up in order to discuss new findings from LIGO, Virgo, and others and will begin with an overview from the representatives of those establishments. It will also cover findings gathered from telescopes that work alongside the LIGI and Virgo collaborations.

The first ever gravitational waves were detected on September 14, 2015, and marked a breakthrough in both physics and astronomy. It also marked the beginning of a new wave of science – gravitational wave astronomy. Three more detections have been confirmed since then. One of which was a recent detection that was spotted by both the LIGO and Virgo detectors; the first ever joint detection of its kind.


Those all set to talk at the event include (but not limited to) LIGO’s executive director, David Reitze; Virgo spokesperson, Jo van den Brand; Fermi Project scientist Julie McEnery; NSF director France Cordova; assistant professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of California, Ryan Foley, professor of astrophysics at the University of Leicester, UK, Nial Tanvir; and research scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/University of Maryland, Eleonora Troja.

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