Rep. Larry Haler congratulates Tri-Cities observatory from House floor
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A groundbreaking discovery made by a Tri-Cities observatory is making headlines in the Wall Street Journal. And lawmakers in Olympia offered congratulations from the House floor (Thursday). Ruth Johnson reports from Olympia.
Johnson: It is being called a new window into the cosmos: the discovery of gravitational waves. The phenomenon, first detected last fall at Hanford’s LIGO observatories and announced Thursday, confirms a major prediction of Einstein’s theory of relativity.
Representative Larry Haler, a Republican from the 8th Legislative District shared the news with fellow lawmakers.
Haler: “These gravitational waves they detected are one point three billion light years away from our planet. That is the equivalent of looking at a human hair from our closest star.”
Johnson: Said Haler: LIGO deserves great thanks from lawmakers for showing that Hanford and the Tri-Cities are the center of science in the state. LIGOs twin detectors at Hanford and in Livingston, Louisiana identified the presence of the waves in September.
Ruth Johnson, Olympia.
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