Einstein@Home User of the Day

Today, I turn out to be the user of the day at Einstein@Home. It might not amount to much, but I'm still getting all tingly inside.

Einstein@Home User of the Day

If you happen to have idle CPU cycles left over on your computer, consider contributing them to the cause of finding gravitational waves or potential sources of gravitational waves at Einstein@Home.

Helping Arecibo find binary systems

Arecibo radio telescope
Arecibo radio telescope

Einstein@Home is a distributed computing project that has been helping LIGO sift through data from its laser-interferometry based gravitational wave detector. Now it is also sifting through data from the Arecibo radio telescope to search for radio pulsars orbiting around very heavy objects such as another neutron star or even a black hole. It will not only provide more indirect observations for gravitational waves like what was provided by the first binary pulsars discovered, but it will also reveal potential candidates where gravitational waves could be measured directly with gravitational wave observatories.

Einstein@Home runs on top of BOINC, an infrastructure for running distributed computing projects, and there may be other projects using BOINC that catch your interest such as SETI@home.