Michigan Tech researchers contribute to follow-up studies of the binary neutron star merger observed by the LIGO & Virgo projects.
Albert Einstein proposed his general theory of relativity in 1916, predicting the existence of gravitational waves, which are often called “ripples” in the space-time continuum.
Gravitational waves are created by cataclysmic events in space including supernovas and collisions of black holes. The origins of gravitational waves tell us about the events that caused them, and can even help us understand more about the origin of the universe itself.
On Aug. 17, advanced LIGO and advanced Virgo detectors observed gravitational waves emitted from two neutron stars colliding, also known as a binary neutron star merger. This is the first time gravitational waves have been recorded from the coalescence of neutron stars. The binary neutron star merger occurred 130 million light years away, which in galactic terms, is just around the block.
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