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National Center for Supercomputing Applications Special Event

Posted on: 4/6/2017 10:23 AM
Topics: [ Announcements ] [ Education ] [ Science ] [ Technology ]

Kai Staats, filmmaker and Visiting Scientist at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, will give his talk "Making Movies about Making History: A Non-linear Journey from LEGO to LIGO". His talk will be about his work on HPC, LIGO science, and filmmaking.

On September 14, 2015, the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors, located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington measured ripples in the fabric of spacetime – gravitational waves – generated by the merger of two massive black holes over one billion light years from Earth. This discovery is the culmination of decades of instrument research and development through a world-wide collaboration of more than one thousand researchers and scientists. It proves a prediction made by Einstein 100 years ago, is the first direct observation of black holes, and the beginning of a new era of gravitational-wave astronomy.

When: Monday, April 10th, 2017 at 12:00pm

Where: NCSA Building, 1205 W. Clark St, Room 1040, Urbana

For more information, watch LIGO Detection, a short documentary film by Kai Staats, or visit Kai Staats website.


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