Synopsis: The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatories (LIGO) are scientific instruments which use two and a half mile-long laser beams to detect cataclysmic cosmic events which occurred trillions of miles from Earth. Once the stuff of science fiction, this is now science fact.
Managed by Caltech and MIT, this NSF funded project opens a revolutionary new window on our understanding of the universe. LIGO probes some of the most violent and energetic phenomena in the cosmos–from supernovae to binary neutron star systems and the formation of black holes.
Funded by the National Science Foundation and the University of Mississippi, LIGO Generations tells the story of four generations of scientists and researchers who are working to make gravitational wave astronomy a reality. From easoned scientists and researcher co-founder Rainer Weiss to the learners who are exploring science for the first time in the LIGO Science Education Center at the LIGO Livingston campus, Generations takes the audience on a journey through the science behind LIGO and the means which which knowledge is shared from generation to generation.
Initiated: May 2014
Status: Shot May 30 – June 12. Trailer is live at Space.com. ‘LIGO Generations’ is currently in post-production, with slated release in October 2014 at Space.com