February 11th was a good day.
I spent the day at the "Dynamics and accretion at the Galactic Center" Conference at the Aspen Center for Physics, where about 75 physicists have spent the week talking about black holes and stuff.
This morning we watched the LIGO press conference, frantically deciphered the papers, and had a LIGO Science Collaboration member give us a very good rundown of what the situation is.
Over the last few months, LIGO has been making some very good outreach material to explain what is what:
LIGO: A Passion for Understanding a film by Kai Staats
LIGO: PhD Comics!