LIGO Lab and LSC release 2 years of data from S5

Bikeman (Heinz-Bernd Eggenstein)
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One interesting milestone that happened in the wake of the recent LVC meeting in Stanford was the public release of two years of data taken by LIGO's three gravitational wave detectors during their fifth science run (S5) that occurred from 2005 through 2007. - See more at: http://www.ligo.org/news/s5-data-release.php

The data is by no means easy to digest, but a special site, the LIGO Open Science Center (LOSC) https://losc.ligo.org/ , provides a lot of material to help teachers, students and others to make sense of the material.

It should be noted that the data contains simulated gravitational wave signals that were injected into the detectors on purpose to validate the analysis chains. So there is actually something looking like a real signal in the data to play around with and use for class-room projects, for example.

This is an effort of the LIGO Lab and the LSC, not by Einstein@Home or the AEI in particular, so here is not the right place to discuss using the data or the tools (in the sense that the E@H team cannot provide support for this), but note that there is a mailing list you can sign up to at https://losc.ligo.org/.

Cheers
HBE