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WSU scientists help detect gravitational waves for third time

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts and Sciences PULLMAN, Wash. – Three billion years ago in a distant galaxy, two massive black holes slammed together, merged into one and sent space–time vibrations, known as gravitational waves, shooting out into the universe.

Ask Dr. Universe: Why do we need stars?

PULLMAN, Wash. – If you are anything like me, you like watching the night sky. The stars we see are a lot like our nearest star, the sun. They are just much farther away. That makes stars look like small twinkly things instead of a big, furious thing like our sun.

WSU physics and astronomy colloquium

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 4:10 p.m., Webster 17 Dr. Paula Heron, University of Washington. Please meet our guest speaker and share refreshments at 3:45 p.m. in the foyer on floor G above the lecture hall. Is “interactive teaching” sufficient to promote conceptual development in physics?   Contact: Matthew McCluskey,

Star Party, dinner at Jewett Observatory

    PULLMAN, Wash. – The Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Palouse Astronomical Society will host a Barbecue and Star Party on Saturday, Sept. 7, at WSU’s Jewett Observatory. A barbecue and live music will run 7-9 p.m., with star gazing to follow 9-11 p.m. A $7 donation is suggested for the dinner. Stargazing is […]

James Gimzewski guest for Stephenson Distinguished Lecture

The department of Physics and Astronomy’s Stephenson Distinguished Lecture will feature James K. Gimzewski, a leading authority on nanotechnology research. The lecture, Nano Tips: Exploring This Planet, Your Body and Beyond, will be on March 26 at 7 p.m. in the Webster Physical Science Building, Room 16. Gimzewski is a distinguished professor in the Department […]

Lunar eclipse visible tonight

    A total lunar eclipse will be visible in the Pacific Northwest Wednesday evening, Feb. 20.   Michael Allen, instructor at the WSU Department of Physics and Astronomy, said that when the moon rises that evening at 5:11 p.m. the eclipse will already have begun, but the center of eclipse –when the moon is directly […]

WSU astronomer finds closest gravitational lensing galaxy

PULLMAN – A giant elliptical galaxy seen in an image from the Hubble Space Telescope is the closest gravitational lens yet known, according to information released Feb. 6 by the Hubble Heritage Project. John Blakeslee, an assistant professor with the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Washington State University, working with colleagues from the University […]