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The LIGO Project (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) will begin a new field of gravity wave astronomy

The biggest sources of Gravity Waves for LIGO will be collisions between black holes. A pair of black holes orbiting each other lose energy through gravity waves and gradually spiral together. LIGO will be able to detect the last few catastrophic minutes of this process…..

LIGO Detector building in Richmond,WA

Depiction of a black hole binary

David Kastor

COSMOS to HUMANITY, Spring 2008

Lecture 2 , slide 8

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