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Science On Tap! Listening to the Cosmos

December 12, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

SpeakEZ is proud to partner with Grand Valley State University and Science On Tap Grand Rapids to bring this recurring lecture and discussion series to our stage on the second Thursday of each month.  Come hear top experts in their fields present on a broad range of topics concerning the sciences and the world around us.  Raise your knowledge while raising a pint!

This month: Listening to the Cosmos: The Era of Multimessenger Astronomy

On September 14, 2015, physicists at LIGO (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) were able to directly detect the collision of two black holes which occurred billions of light away but just reached Earth at that instant. They did not use light in a traditional telescope but detected tiny vibrations in spacetime itself called gravitational waves which were first predicted by Einstein in his Theory of General Relativity. In this talk, Dr Brett Bolan will explain what gravitational waves are, how we can measure them, and most importantly how they will revolutionize our knowledge of astronomy.


December 12, 2019
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm