The Music of the Spheres comes to Ireland

Listen to the Music of the Spheres!

Prof. Dr. Bernard F. Schutz,
Director at the Max Planck Institute for Graviataional Physics (Albert Einstein Institute)
Credit: AEI

Learn about how we can listen to the universe – Prof. Bernard Schutz, director at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute), Potsdam, Germany, talks about “The Music of the Spheres” in a Multimedia lecture on gravitational waves coming from the most powerful events taking place in the universe.

The lecture is part of Science Week 2013 and will take place:
On Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Hume Building,
North Campus,
National University of Ireland Maynooth,
Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Prof. Schutz is in Ireland on invitation of the National University of Ireland Maynooth.

The talk is given with a running film which contains animations, music and the sounds which we expect to hear from gravitational waves made by cosmic events like colliding black holes and exploding stars. Prof. Schutz explains what causes gravitational waves, how to detect them, and what we will learn when we observe these tiny ripples in space-time. The audience is also invited to take part in some experiments.

“We are delighted that Prof. Schutz will give this Lecture in Ireland. It will be the highlight of our activities for this year’s science week ”, says Dr. Peter van der Burgt, senior lecturer at the University of Ireland Maynooth.

Gravitational waves
Today we can SEE the beauty of the universe with modern telescopes in many wavelengths. Observing the universe with gravitational waves - a wave type which can be related to the acoustic waves - will allow us for the first time to HEAR it.
According to Einstein´s general relativity, accelerated masses produce gravitational waves – perturbations of spacetime propagating at the speed of light through the universe, unhindered by intervening mass. When we directly observe gravitational waves will add a new sense to our perception of the Universe, complementing the way we are presently looking at the universe.

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