Einstein's Messengers| 20mins
Director: Thomas Lucas | Producer: Thomas Lucas
Focus Years: 2006 | Country: United States
Since Galileo first turned a telescope to the heavens, astronomers have studied the planets, the stars, the distant galaxies. But there are some mysteries so deep, the answers cannot be found with traditional tools. For those, it takes something entirely different: LIGO -- a revolutionary new kind of observatory built to detect the whisper of a signal that has never been directly measured. LIGO is spearheading the new field of gravitational wave astronomy and opening a new window on the universe. Its exquisitely sensitive instruments may ultimately take us farther back in time than we've ever been, catching, perhaps, the first murmurs of the universe in formation. This is a compelling and thought-provoking production about the drama of the scientific quest.