Embargoed media event: ANU scientists to discuss major astronomical discovery


Tuesday, October 17, 2017 — Scientists from The Australian National University (ANU) will brief the media on Monday 16 October about the first gravitational wave detection and astronomical observations of two neutron stars colliding.

Media are invited to the event. All content related to this event is strictly embargoed until 1am Tuesday 17 October 2017 (AEDT). 

Gravitational wave astronomy promises to unlock many secrets of the Universe, and scientists hope to one day look back to the beginning of time – just after the Big Bang.

ANU is part of the international team that detected the gravitational waves from the neutron star collision on 17 August this year which alerted astronomers around the world to the existence of signals such as light, gamma rays and radio waves from the same event.

ANU astronomers used the SkyMapper and 2.3-metre telescopes at the ANU Siding Spring Observatory as part of the search for other signals from the neutron star collision.

Australia’s partnership in the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) is led by ANU and funded by the Australian Research Council. ANU is also a member of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav).


WHAT:  ANU scientists to discuss first observation of two neutron stars colliding


  • Professor Susan Scott
    ANU Research School of Physics and Engineering
    Chief Investigator, OzGrav
  • Professor David McClelland
    Centre for Gravitational Physics within Research School of Physics and Engineering at ANU
    Lead Chief Investigator of Australia’s partnership in Advanced LIGO
    Deputy Director, OzGrav
  • Dr Christian Wolf
    ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics
    ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO)

WHERE: Physics Link Building (Building 38a), Science Road, Acton. Members of the ANU Media Team will meet journalists and camera crews outside the building on Science Road and escort them to the lab where the event will take place. Map link: www.anu.edu.au/maps#show=29223

WHEN: 10:30am – 11:30am Monday 16 October 2017

REGISTRATION: Please register your intention to attend the event and reserve a parking spot adjacent to Science Road through <media@anu.edu.au>.

For media assistance, contact Will Wright from the ANU Media Team on +61 2 6125 7979, +61 478 337 740 or at <media@anu.edu.au>.