What's Happening

The final preparations for the Advanced LIGO project have been scheduled to start in mid-September this year. This project is a primary upgrade of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory that is designed to observe gravitational waves. The Advanced LIGO has been designed and is currently being operated by Caltech and MIT. It receives funding from the National Science Foundation.

The Implications

The upgrade towards the Advanced LIGO has been prompted due to the need for a more accurate gravitational wave detection system. Compared to the older LIGO model, the new one will be able to see up to 10 times as far and should also be able to detect more binary neutron star
mergers each year. Its advanced instrumentation will be capable of looking into the last minutes of two black holes as they spiral closer to each other.

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