Doing outreach with the first direct observation of gravitational waves

Abstract : On February 11 2016, the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo Collaboration announced the observation of gravitational waves from a binary black hole merger. The transient signal GW150914 had been recorded five months earlier by the two Advanced LIGO detectors which had just started their first observation run, after a few years of upgrade. Parallel to the data analysis which led to the conclusion that the observed signal was indeed of astrophysical origin, the two collaborations invested a lot of effort to prepare the discovery announcement. In this talk, we review the main aspects of the outreach strategy developed for this event and try to quantify its impact on the various targeted audiences: the general audience, the media and the educational community.
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N. Arnaud. Doing outreach with the first direct observation of gravitational waves . 38th International Conference on High Energy Physics - 38th ICHEP 2016, Aug 2016, Chicago, United States. ⟨in2p3-01363390⟩

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