Blue Dot 78: Dr. Jess McIver

Nov 2, 2017

Dave talks to Jess McIver. Dr. McIver is an astrophysicist with the LIGO gravitational wave detection observatory. She's been deeply involved in the first detections of gravitational waves from a black hole (which won a Nobel Prize for Physics earlier this fall) and the recent detection of the collision of two neutron stars. The collision produced not only gravitational waves, but bursts of electromagnetic radiation across the spectrum observed by telescopes around the world and in space. The observations have thrilled the astronomical community, releasing a torrent of research that will likely change how we view the Universe.