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Montauk Observatory Lecture: Probing the Universe with LIGO by 2017 Nobel Laureate Dr. Rainer Weiss
October 10, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 6:00 PM
LECTURE: “Probing the Universe with LIGO: A Nobel Prize Winning Project”
SPEAKER: 2017 Nobel Laureate, Dr. Rainer Weiss
LOCATION & Co-Sponsor: Southampton Campus of Stony Brook University
Chancellors Hall, 239 Montauk Highway, Southampton NY
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: Email Laura.Lyons@stonybrook.edu or call her at 631-632-6873.
DESCRIPTION: Montauk Observatory has teamed up with Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory to bring you a very special event. We are honored to host a presentation by Dr. Rainer Weiss, who will discuss his interesting (and sometimes amusing) history, as well as the history of the LIGO project, of gravitational waves and their significance to our understanding of the Universe, and his vision for the future of gravitational wave astronomy.
Dr. Rainer Weiss, is Professor Emeritus of Physics at MIT. His long, distinguished career was foreshadowed by his interest in electronics and radio technology when he was a boy in New York City. He was a leading researcher in cosmic microwave background radiation at MIT and oversaw a scientific working group for NASA’s Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite, the measurements of which helped support the Big Bang Theory.
Prof. Sean Tvelia, a founding member of Montauk Observatory’s Board of Directors and Academic Chair of Science at Suffolk County Community College’s Ammerman Campus, will present opening remarks. Dr. Will Farr, Associate Professor in Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook, Gravitational Wave Astronomy group leader at the Flatiron Center for Computational Astronomy, and member of LIGO will introduce Dr. Weiss.
The lecture will be followed by a reception. Our thanks to Biagio Cru of New Hyde Park for generously donating the wine, as well as to our co-sponsors and to the following for their additional support: Ms. Sheryl Gold, Mr. Jonathan Lewin, and the Southampton Inn.