A very exciting LIGO-Virgo Second Observing run is drawing to a close August 25

August 25, 2017

The Virgo and LIGO Scientific Collaborations have been observing since November 30, 2016 in the second Advanced Detector Observing Run “O2” , searching for gravitational-wave signals, with both LIGO and Virgo instruments operating together since August 1, 2017. Some promising gravitational-wave candidates have been identified by both LIGO and Virgo during our preliminary analysis, and we have shared what we currently know with electromagnetic observing partners: telescopes, gamma-ray and neutrino detectors. We are working hard to assure that the candidates are valid gravitational-wave events, and it will require time to establish the level of confidence needed to bring any results to the scientific community and the greater public. We will let you know when we have information ready to share.

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