Are you a lover of astronomy? Then a trip to the LIGO Hanford Observatory should be included in your list of to-dos.
LIGO Hanford Observatory
LIGO is the acronym for Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, which aims to observe gravitational waves of cosmic origin. As the LIGO website states, “LIGO searches for gravitational waves created in the supernova collapse of stellar cores to form neutron stars or black holes, the collisions and coalescences of neutron stars or black holes, the wobbly rotation of neutron stars with deformed crusts and the remnants of gravitational radiation created by the birth of the universe”.
They offer public tours every second Saturday and fourth Friday of each month, and for February, the scheduled dates are February 8, Saturday, at 1:30PM and February 28, Friday, at 3:00PM at the LIGO Observatory in 127124 N Route 10 Richland, Wa. These public drop-in tours will give you a chance to take an excellent look at the facility.
The guys at LIGO can also schedule private weekday or evening tours. The tours don’t last long, normally two hours. Although all ages are welcome to take the tour, it is highly recommended for middle school age children and up. For more information on tour schedules, please visit LIGO’s website.Posted by Colleen D Lane on