17 February 2005

Catch a Wave from Space - Einstein@Home

To celebrate the World Year of Physics 2005, join the project group Einstein@Home, and you just might catch a wave from space.

"Albert Einstein suggested long ago that we are adrift in a universe filled with waves from space. Colliding black holes, collapsing stars, and spinning compact celestial objects such as pulsars create ripples in the fabric of space and time that subtly distort the world around us. These gravitational waves have eluded scientists for nearly a century.

Exciting new experiments may let them catch the waves in action and open a whole new window on the universe - but they need your help to do it!'

Einstein@Home is one, small part of the LSC scientific program. It is being set up as a distributed computing project, which means that it relies on computer time donated by private computer users like you to search for gravity wave-emitting compact stars.

Einstein@Home will rely on private owners of PCs, like you, to donate computer time to the analysis of LIGO data. All you'll have to do is install a small, screen saver program to your computer.

Sign up for Einstein@home and take part in discovering the future.

This is very cool.

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