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Inside the tube housing the western arm of the VIRGO (Pisa, Italy), 





    
        

            Jørgen Mølmann

Inside the tube housing the western arm of the VIRGO (Pisa, Italy)

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A visit to the European Gravitational Observatory while on holiday in Tuscany. 1.5 km inside tube housing the western arm of the VIRGO interferometric antenna for gravitational waves detection. VIRGO is a 3-km long interferometer built in the framework of a French-Italian collaboration. Today, this collaboration involves more than 250 scientists from France, Italy, Netherlands, Poland and Hungary.

The facility is currently being upgraded to be online again in January together with the two US LIGO interferometers in Hanford and Livingston. VIRGO and LIGO detected GW170817 (a binary neutron star merger), the first gravitational wave detection confirmed by optical/electromagnetic astronomy.

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Inside the tube housing the western arm of the VIRGO (Pisa, Italy), 





    
        

            Jørgen Mølmann