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Open Dome Event - Waves but not as we know them - The Lisa Pathfinder Mission

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We have used the whole range of electromagnetic waves or light to explore the Universe. But there are other waves that are ripples in space-time. Dr J Veitch (University of Birmingham) will introduce us in his talk Gravitational Waves and the LISA mision to these waves but not as we know them.

  • From: Wednesday 22 July 2015, 8 pm
  • To: Wednesday 22 July 2015, 10 pm
  • Location: CELS, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS
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The relativity theory has predicted that space-time should be distorted by the presence of mass which we have observed. But this would also create gravitational waves. Such waves are very challenging to detect but would open a whole new window upon the observable Universe.

Dr J Veitch (University of Birmingham) will describe in his talk Gravitational Waves and the LISA Mission how these waves are created and what objects could create them. Even more fascinating are the current projects to detect these strange waves. One of these is LISA with its pathfinder mission launch planned for September this year. This talk will be followed by a brief introduction on what is visible in this month's sky.

Booking is required for this event. While attending this event you consent to filming, photography and sound recording which may include you as a member of the audience and its use in publication or advertising distribution either printed or online without payment or copyright.


The event will start at 8 pm with the talk Gravitational Waves and the LISA mission in CELS. Refreshments will be offered from 7.45 pm in the CELS foyer. Afterwards, visitors will get a tour of the NTU observatory and the chance to see interesting objects in the summer sky with the observatory's telescopes, small telescopes, and binoculars if the weather allows it.

If the weather is not good, a small planetarium session will be offered in the observatory pointing out objects of interest.

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Booking is required for this event.

Entrance is free and available to everyone who is interested.

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Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus
Clifton Lane
NG11 8NS


Parking is available only for booked visitors in the North Gate car park.

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