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Public Lecture


"Gravitational Waves and multi-messenger astronomy"

By Dr. Kate Maguire

Monday June 10th


In August 2017, the era of multimessenger astronomy began with the detection of an source in space via both gravitational waves and photons. This offers a new way to study the Universe.

For the first time, we both heard (via gravitational waves from the LIGO/VIRGO detector) and saw (via electromagnetic radiation) the merger of two neutron stars in the distant Universe.

Through detailed measurements of its properties, we determined that neutron star mergers are key site of the making of big atoms in the Universe that were not created in the Big Bang. These large atoms are crucial for life on Earth

The 'Electromagnetic Counterparts of Gravitational Wave sources at the Very Large Telescope' ENGRAVE collaboration is the leading European effort (with ~200 members) for gravitational wave follow-up of gravitational wave triggers. Dr Maguire is a member of the ENGRAVE Executive Committee , which is responsible for the day-to-day management and survey strategy of this large collaboration.

Dr. Maguires talk will cover the sources of these gravitational waves which basically are the 'shudder' the universe feels when giant objects like neutron stars and black holes collide and send shock waves across the entire universe!


Photo: Dr. Kate Maguire


June 2018 - present: European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant (€1.9M)

June 2018 - present: Lecturer in Astrophysics, Queen's University Belfast, UK

Oct. 2015 - present: STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow (5-year advanced fellowship), Queen's University Belfast, UK

Oct. 2013 - Sept. 2015: Marie-Curie fellow, European Southern Observatory, Germany

Oct. 2010 - Sept. 2013: Post-doctoral researcher, University of Oxford, UK

Oct. 2007 - Sept. 2010: PhD in Astrophysics, Queen's University Belfast, UK





After the lecture there will be a social reception in The Lombard Inn and we encourage all of you to come along for a chat.

All are welcome to attend and free food will be kindly provided by The Lombard.

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A prize draw will be held after the lecture.

Booking Information

Date Monday 10th June
Time 8:00p.m.

Physics Bldg, Physics Department , Fitzgerald Building, Trinity College Dublin.
There is an entrance on Lincoln Place (not far from the Merrion Square end of TCD). If you get the DART or bus to Pearse St, or drive. Use the Science Gallery entrance on Pearse Street (near the corner with Westland Row) There are maps here:  Here

Parking: Mark Street , Marks Lane , Lombard St. East .

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Admission €10 (€5 Astronomy Ireland members and concessions)
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