LIGO gains another historic status

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The place that won a Nobel Prize for making the most significant discovery of the 21st century gains another historic status.

The American Physical Society designated the LIGO Observatory as a historic physics site Wednesday.

The facility is in Livingston Parish. In 2015, scientist there made the first detection of gravitational waves that prove Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. Also proving black holes and neutron star exists.

Scientist from the National Science Foundation attended the ceremony.

The President of LSU said this gives them ammunition to argue before the state legislature over the importance of scientific discovery in Louisiana.

“It was two students at 4:23 in the morning that help discover this international, renowed, Nobel discovery. Two grad students, one from Southern and one from LSU. That’s truly remarkable,” said F. King Alexander, LSU President.

To watch and read an in-depth report on LIGO click here.

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