Friday, May 20, 2016

LIGO Field Trip Information

Reminder: Forms are due soon! Please turn in your field trip form to Daniel or Mr. Thurman.


As I'm sure you are aware of, 2015 marked the 100-year anniversary of the publication of Einstein's general theory of relativity, and coincidentally, the confirmation of one of the theory's final predictions: Gravitational Waves:


To celebrate this monumental achievement in science, the Science Club is organizing a field trip to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) located in Hanford, Washington. The detector, along with another site in Louisiana, was responsible for the detection of gravitational waves as a result of two supermassive black holes colliding millions of light years away.


The trip will be held on Saturday, May 28th, and the proposed itinerary follows:
1. Leave WHS 8:00am
2. Lunch in Richland 12:00PM
3. Private LIGO Facility Tour 1:30PM-3:30PM
4. Dinner in Ellensburg 5:30PM
5. Return to WHS 8:00PM


If you were not present at the May 19th meeting, it's up to you to get your field trip paperwork! By filling this form, Daniel can send you the necessary paperwork to visit LIGO. Please make sure you have your paperwork turned in before the day of departure. For the time being, students will need to pay about $40 each in order to cover the costs of the charter bus, but a large number of students attending may reduce the amount each student needs to pay. Invite your friends! Tell your teachers! This is a huge honor and a very exciting trip that's worth the attention of all science lovers. 


We're visiting LIGO on the 28th! Fill this form so you can get your field trip paperwork! Don't forget to bring your check. See you there! 

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