LIGO-Virgo ends third observing run early

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, LIGO and Virgo decided to suspend their third observing run (O3) roughly a month ahead of schedule. The observing run will end on March 27th instead of the original planned end date, April 30, 2020.

From a statement released by the LIGO Laboratory on

In spite of the early suspension, the O3 run has been a tremendous success. We are grateful to everyone in the LIGO Lab, the LSC, and Virgo for their work during this very successful observing run, and we look forward to both bringing the results to publications as quickly as feasible, and getting back to work on the A+ upgrade.

Researchers in the UBC GW astrophysics team will continue their work from off-campus until the fall.

LIGO detectors and sunset

LIGO Image Credit: LIGO-Virgo Collaboration. Sunset Credit: Getty Images.

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