Every day we read the headline news in which ‘Scientist claim …’ and ‘Scientist discover …’ and ‘Scientists report …’ But what does it mean to make an extraordinary claim? What goes on behind the scenes, long before the newspaper or journal article hit the street, before the web article goes live? In this, the 3rd film about LIGO, we investigate what unfolded between September 14, 2015 and February 11, 2016 when LIGO announced it had detected the merger of two black holes in a distant galaxy.
On February 7, 2017 New Scientist hosted the exclusive premiere for LIGO Detection. The film is now available via the National Science Foundation’s Roku channel, national PEG TV, and the NSF Science360 web platform and iPad app.
This film was funded by the National Science Foundation, Caltech, MIT, Louisiana State University, University of Mississippi, and the University of Glasgow, Scotland.