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Burrell Observatory Open House

January 17 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm


Listening to the Universe with Lasers: The Discovery of Gravity Waves

By Dr. Madeline Wade Harvey F. Lodish Faculty Dev Professorship and LIGO Team Collaborator Kenyon College

The Burrell Observatory is proud to host an open house program on Friday January 17, 2020 at 7:30 PM. Dr. Madeline Wade from Kenyon College will present a lecture on gravity waves and her work with Laser Interferometer Gravity wave Observatory (LIGO). Gravitational waves are disturbances in the curvature of space-time, generated by accelerated masses that propagate as waves at the speed of light. They were predicted in 1916 by Albert Einstein on the basis of his general theory of relativity. LIGO is the most sensitive “sensor” ever built and in 2017 and on 11 February 2016, the LIGO and Virgo Scientific Collaboration announced they had made the first direct observation of gravitational waves. This is the most significant discovery of the century. So important that in 2017, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne and Barry Barish for their role in the direct detection of gravitational waves.

The lecture will be presented in the Main Stage Theater located in the Kleist Center for Art and Drama. After the lecture, the Burrell Observatory will be open for viewing, weather permitting. This is a free lecture, however tickets are required. Tickets can be obtained on line at, in person at the Kleist Center box office Monday-Friday,12:00-5:00, or by phone at (440) 826-2240. The Kleist Center is located at 95 E Bagley Rd on the North side of Bagley Rd. at the corner of Beech Street. For questions, contact the Observatory Director at Or the Department of Physics and Astronomy at 440-826-2312.


January 17
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Kleist Center for Art and Drama
95 E Bagley Rd
Berea, OH


Observatory Director