SoT 214: Gravitational Waves

Hosts: Ed Brown, Lucas Randall, Dr. Katie Mack.

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Astrophysicist Dr. Katie Mack joins us to explain “one of the most groundbreaking physics discoveries of the past 100 years” – the detection of gravitational waves. In September last year the aLIGO experiment detected the ripple in spacetime caused by the merger of two black holes. We talk with Dr. Mack about the implications this has for a new type of astronomy.

Katie Mack is a theoretical astrophysicist at the University of Melbourne. She is a co-host of Pint in the Sky, a vodcast about astrophysics and beer. She also  writes on her blog and tweets at@AstroKatie.