Nobel Prize goes to Gravitational Waves!

The Nobel prize in Physics is a fabulous recognition to Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne and Barry Barish for their roles in the discovery of gravitational waves, a breakthrough that helped confirm a prediction in Einstein’s theory of relativity. This is a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge that this new window into the cosmos required over a 1,000 minds around the globe, exquisite hardware to see minute changes in length, and innovative software to sift through terabytes of data.

The UWM Planetarium has been working closely with faculty, postdocs, and students to explain to our community how UWM’s team played key roles in finding, processing and confirming gravitational waves from a mountain of data.

We look forward to seeing how gravitational waves allow us to peer further into the structure of the universe and the nature of black holes in the years to come.