Science Under the Dome

Science Under the Dome is the planetarium's free public lecture series, offered monthly throughout the school year.

 

Gravitational waves image

On September 14, 2015 astrophysicists recorded the gravitational waves from two black holes merging together using the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO). For the first time we could 'hear' the ripples in spacetime predicted by Einstein, opening up a new way of looking at the Universe without using a form of light. Professor Cackett (WSU Physics & Astronomy) will describe why gravitational waves are produced and how LIGO sees them, as well as what we have learned from the handful of detections that have been made so far.

The event is free, but seating is limited so you need to RSVP.

09/13/2017 Professor Peter Hoffmann, Wayne State University (Physics & Astronomy) Life, the universe and the nanoscale: can physics explain life?
10/11/2017 Professor Jon Carroll, Oakland University (Anthropology) Drones and social science: the sky's the limit!
11/8/2017 Professor Matthew Barrett, Wayne State University (Physics & Astronomy) Belle and the mystery of the missing antimatter
12/13/2017 Professor Joshua Veazey, Grand Valley State University (Physics) Touching Nano: visualization and creation with scanning probe microscopy
1/17/2018 Professor Ed Cackett, Wayne State University (Physics & Astronomy) Hearing the Universe: the detection of gravitational waves
2/8/2018 Professor Joshua Veazey, Grand Valley State University (Physics) Touching Nano: visualization and creation with scanning probe microscopy
3/7/2018 Professor B. Cameron Reed, Alma College (Physics) The Manhattan Project: How nuclear physics changed the world
4/2018    

The Wayne State Planetarium is dedicated to the promotion of science. We are proud to feature a series of free public lectures covering modern topics in science.