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Welcome to Mini-CAST 2019 - Due to limited on-site parking we encourage you to carpool to the event. Remote parking and shuttles will be available at 612 E. Bethany Dr. Allen, TX 75002 starting at 7:30 am.

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Saturday, March 2 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Virtual Interaction with Gravitational Waves to Observe Relativity (VIGOR)

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This workshop will introduce VIGOR, a free, publicly available interactive simulation of binary black holes and the gravitational waves they emit. Using VIGOR on tablets or computers, participants will learn the physics behind the Nobel-prize winning discovery of gravitational waves that stretch and squeeze the fabric of spacetime. Our team of scientist educators will provide a brief introduction to black holes, gravitational waves, and their recent discovery by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO). They will then introduce VIGOR and guide teachers through its use to illustrate the properties of black holes and gravitational waves. Participants will have the opportunity to practice classroom exercises that use VIGOR to teach about key properties of binary black holes (their masses and orbits) and gravitational waves (their amplitude, frequency, and polarization).


Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
E108

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