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LIGO Panel Peers into New Window on the Universe

Lorinda Dajose
Scientists reflect on the history, the detection, the science, and the future of the field of gravitational wave astronomy.

Caltech Names Six Distinguished Alumni

Ben Tomlin
Caltech has announced that Eric Betzig (BS '83), Janet C. Campagna (MS '85), Neil Gehrels (PhD '82), Carl V. Larson (BS '52), Thomas J. "Tim" Litle IV (BS '62), and Ellen D. Williams (PhD '82) are this year's recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award.
Distinguished Alumni Awards

JPL News: Pulsar Web Could Detect Low-Frequency Gravitational Waves

A new study from the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav) has shown that low-frequency gravitational waves could soon be detectable by existing radio telescopes.

Caltech Asteroid Hunter Gives TED Talk

Lorinda Dajose
Carrie Nugent spoke at the 2016 TED conference about her work discovering, naming, and characterizing asteroids.

LIGO-India Gets Green Light

Kathy Svitil
The Indian Cabinet has granted in-principle approval to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory in India (LIGO-India) Project. The project will build an Advanced LIGO Observatory in India, a move that will significantly improve the ability of scientists to pinpoint the sources of gravitational waves and analyze the signals.

JPL News: A New, Wider Set of Eyes on the Universe

NASA is formally starting an astrophysics mission designed to help unlock the secrets of the universe—the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST).

New Public Stargazing and Lecture Series

Kimm Fesenmaier
The events are free and designed to engage the public in astronomy and to give everyone an opportunity to view the night sky through a telescope.

A Brief History of LIGO

Kip Thorne and Rai Weiss
Written by Kip Thorne and Rai Weiss, February 2016
aerial photo of the LIGO facility in Livingston, Lousiana

Considering the Future

On February 26, some of the nation's leading scientists and researchers—including five Nobel laureates and members of all three National Academies—will gather at Caltech to discuss some of the most perplexing questions facing humanity.

Hunting for Ephemeral Cosmic Flashes: A Conversation with Mansi Kasliwal

Kimm Fesenmaier
The new assistant professor of astronomy discusses her passion for discovering and studying cosmic transients as well as her efforts to follow up on LIGO's detections of gravitational waves.