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First observations of merging neutron stars mark a new era in astronomy


October 16, 2017

After LIGO detected gravitational waves from the merger of two neutron stars, the race was on to detect a visible counterpart, because unlike the colliding black holes responsible for LIGO's four previous detections, this event was expected to produce an explosion of visible light. A small team led by the University of California, Santa Cruz, was the first to find the source of the gravitational waves, capturing the first images of the event with the Swope Telescope in Chile. Full Story

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