Rainer Weiss awarded the Shaw Prize in Astronomy | MIT News

Physics professor emeritus shares prize with Caltech's Kip Thorne and Ronald Drever for designing the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory.

Bendta Schroeder | School of Science | June 1, 2016
~4 mins |

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LIGO researchers awarded Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics | MIT News

Team that detected gravitational waves to share $3 million prize.

MIT News Office | May 4, 2016
~2 mins |

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Testimony: LIGO has “cracked open” a new window to the universe | MIT News

MIT’s David Shoemaker testifies before Congress on the significance of LIGO.

News Office | Feb. 26, 2016
~4 mins |

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Letter regarding the first direct detection of gravitational waves | MIT News

News Office | Feb. 11, 2016
~5 mins |

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Q&A: Rainer Weiss on LIGO’s origins | MIT News

MIT physicist developed the concept for LIGO as a teaching exercise.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Feb. 11, 2016
~16 mins |

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Gravitational waves detected 100 years after Einstein’s prediction | MIT News

LIGO opens a new window on the universe with the observation of gravitational waves from colliding black holes.

MIT News Office | Feb. 11, 2016
~13 mins |

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Scientists make first direct detection of gravitational waves | MIT News

LIGO signal reveals first observation of two massive black holes colliding, proves Einstein right.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Feb. 11, 2016
~11 mins |

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Advanced LIGO set to begin science operations | MIT News

The world's most sensitive gravitational-wave detector is scheduled to go online this week, after seven years of enhancement.

MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research | Sept. 17, 2015
~5 mins |

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3Q: Getting ever closer to observing gravitational waves | MIT News

Einstein’s theory of general relativity to be put through the paces as Advanced LIGO comes online.

MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research | May 19, 2015
~6 mins |

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