The relativity theory has predicted that space-time should be distorted by the presence of mass which we have observed. But this would also create gravitational waves. Such waves are very challenging to detect but would open a whole new window upon the observable Universe.
Dr J Veitch (University of Birmingham) will describe in his talk Gravitational Waves and the LISA Mission how these waves are created and what objects could create them. Even more fascinating are the current projects to detect these strange waves. One of these is LISA with its pathfinder mission launch planned for September this year. This talk will be followed by a brief introduction on what is visible in this month's sky.
The event will start at 8 pm with the talk Gravitational Waves and the LISA mission in CELS. Refreshments will be offered from 7.45 pm in the CELS foyer. Afterwards, visitors will get a tour of the NTU observatory and the chance to see interesting objects in the summer sky with the observatory's telescopes, small telescopes, and binoculars if the weather allows it.
If the weather is not good, a small planetarium session will be offered in the observatory pointing out objects of interest.