Gravitational Waves Have Given Us Colliding Neutron Stars!
SCIENCE IS SO AMAZING.
For the first time ever, scientists around the world have managed to photograph a collision between two neutron stars, 130 million light-years away. The event is named GW170817.
And it’s all thanks to gravitational wave astronomy, which identified the event and alerted observatories on where to look. So add to that list of firsts the first simultaneous optical and gravitational wave observations of the same event.
Can we have a party? Let’s have a party.
Seriously, though, this is amazing. Never before have we been able to pinpoint where gravitational waves are coming from, or observe the event that caused them. And it’s only the fifth gravitational detection ever.