Image of gravitational waves

Graphing Gravitational Waves

Presented by: NASA Universe of Learning

Gravitational wave graphs are like fingerprints that can give us clues about where the gravitational wave came from and what caused it. In this activity, you will learn the basics of gravitational waves and what their graphs can look like. Then you will attempt to match gravitational wave "fingerprint" graphs to identify what caused them.

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About NASA Universe of Learning

NASA's Unverse of Learning - Girls STEAM Ahead

NASA's Universe of Learning project stems from a unique partnership between leading scientific organizations that are home to missions and subject matter experts spanning the full range of NASA Astrophysics scientific research. Activities and experiences are guided by NASA's big questions for astrophysics and are designed uniquely to engage youth, families, and lifelong learners in the science, the story, and the adventure of NASA's scientific explorations of the universe.