On October 16, 2017, the the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, Virgo Collaboration, and its partners announced the first observation of gravitational-waves from a pair of inspiraling neutron stars. Electromagnetic emission from the resulting collision was also observed in multiple wavelength bands. This occured on August 17, 2017 and represents the first time a cosmic event was observed with both gravitational waves and light.   First Optical Photons from Gravitational-Wave Source. Swope and Magellan telescope optical and near-infrared images of the first optical counterpart to a gravitational-wave source, SSS17a, in its galaxy, NGC 4993. The left image is from August 17, 2017, 11 hours after the LIGO-Virgo detectionRead More →

Hi all, I have been informed by the Council that the 01 September meeting will be in the education room at the Museum.  The Education room is just beside the main reception desk, some of us will remember using it in the past. We will enter in the normal way through the side door and if we get lost I am sure Museum staff will point us in the right direction.     Quote from Museum  I know your meetings start back on 1 September 2017.   For the above date, we are having a museums at night event.  We’re giving it a Halloween theme andRead More →