Hunting Ghosts Across the Cosmos

(Discover Blogs::Out There) – Corey S. Powell:

The recent discovery of gravitational waves by the twin LIGO detectors drove home the gaping chasm between the popular image of how astronomers explore the cosmos and the way it actually happens. In the layperson’s view – which, to be fair, aligns well with daily experience of how we find out new things – exploration is a matter of looking, seeing, and understanding. In reality, most of what astronomers do involves looking without seeing, or seeing without understanding. It involves not just working at the edge of perception, but trying to deduce what lies beyond perception.

At the risk of sounding unscientific, I’d call it cosmic ghost hunting. …

outthere/2016/02/29/chasing-ghosts

LIGO Hanford Control Room

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