Martin Brough, Senior Library Assistant, Systems Development, Inverclyde Libraries.
What an amazing three week 3D workshop and lectures we had with Martin. We were treated to 3D demonstrations, software for creating models to print, who invented 3D printing and Augmented Reality.
Inverclyde Sky Watchers were delighted to have
Professor Kenneth Strain with us again.
For those new to the group Ken is deputy director of the Institute for Gravitational Research at the University of Glasgow, an External Scientific Member of the Max-
Professor Strain's presentation was entitled "Gravitational Wave Astrophysics -
GW170817 Binary Newtron Star Merger.
A LIGO / Virgo gravitational wave detection with associated electromagnetic events observed by over 70 observatories 130 million light years away!
Observing both electromagnetic and gravitational waves from the event provides compelling evidence that gravitational waves travel at the same speed as light.
The observation of a kilonova show that neutron star mergers could be responsible for the production of most of the heavy elements, like gold, in the universe.
We have some photographs on Facebook so have a wee look and see if you can find yourself!