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Blue Dot 03: Gravitational Waves On The Shores Of The Earth


Scientists have detected what may be remembered as the biggest discovery in our lifetimes: gravitational waves. The minute but unequivocal readings are further confirmation of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity, and serve to deepen our scientific knowledge of the way the universe ticks. 

We spoke with a few people to get a sense of the scope and impact of the findings:

Sean Carrol, science writer and professor  ("The Particle at the End of the Universe")

NASA researcher Michele Valisneri (who helped detect and confirm the waves)

Alan MacRobert: Senior Editor of "Sky & Telescope"

Bob Naeye: Former Editor-and-Chief of "Sky & Telescope"

Dave Schlom has taught the physical sciences at Corning Union High School since 1991. A lifelong amateur astronomer and astronomy educator, he has a passion for both the earth and the space sciences, which are the principal areas of focus for guests on Blue Dot. He started doing radio interviews on space and astronomy topics for local stations like KFM and KPAY in the 1980s and into the 90s, where he was a popular go-to guest for local radio personalities. He is also an expert on the history and geology of Lassen Volcanic National Park, where he has served as a volunteer for decades. Dave enjoys a quiet life at home with his partner in life, Cheryl, and their two dogs, Elvis and Pearl, at their Red Bluff residence.