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On Thursday, February 8th at 6:30 p.m, the Auditorium of the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome will host a meeting about gravitational waves, featuring a dialogue with Marica Branchesi (Gran Sasso Science Institute) and Viviana Fafone (INFN). The two scientists will discuss how – eight years ago – the existence of gravitational waves was confirmed and what the future holds for the field of research, primarily represented by the Einstein Telescope project.

The event is organized by the National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF) as part of the series of events associated with the exhibition “Macchine del tempo”, hosted at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni until March 24th. Admission is free subject to availability, with reservation: further information are available at this link.


Eight Years of Gravitational Waves (source: INAF)

It was February 11th, 2016, when the news spread worldwide: we had observed the first signal of gravitational waves. A century after Einstein’s predictions, we were finally able to “touch” the existence of ripples in the fabric of spacetime, opening the doors to a new field of study: multimessenger astronomy. Eight years after that historic announcement, we have discovered many things thanks to the interferometers of the LIGO-Virgo collaboration, and we expect as much from the upcoming Einstein Telescope, the next-generation detector.