LIGO Observatories to be Designated as APS Historic Sites

American Physical Society (APS) has announced that LIGO observatories have been designated the 2018 APS Historic Site. Each observatory will get a plaque that acknowledges LIGO's first direct observation of gravitational waves as a scientific milestone. A plaque unveiling ceremony will take place at one of the sites in the upcoming months. On at a ceremony at LIGO Livingston Observatory (LLO), APS will formally present memorial plaques to the Lab.

Plaque citation: "On September 14, 2015, LIGO interferometers at Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington, made the first direct observation of gravitational waves. The precision required to detect these tiny disturbances in space-time, caused by merging black holes, was made possible by the coordinated labor of over one thousand scientific and technical workers. This and a companion plaque at the other LIGO site recognize their contributions to this historic detection."

More about the APS Historic Sites program.

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