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ESO Announces First Ever Observed Light from Gravitational Wave Source

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I guess this announcement probably isn’t what most people wanted to hear, ALIENS? Nope, sorry. But others may still find it fascinating. A short video detailing the findings follows the short article

Merging neutron stars scatter gold and platinum into space

ESO’s fleet of telescopes in Chile have detected the first visible counterpart to a gravitational wave source. These historic observations suggest that this unique object is the result of the merger of two neutron stars. The cataclysmic aftermaths of this kind of merger — long-predicted events called kilonovae — disperse heavy elements such as gold and platinum throughout the Universe. This discovery, published in several papers in the journal Nature and elsewhere, also provides the strongest evidence yet that short-duration gamma-ray bursts are caused by mergers of neutron stars.

For the first time ever, astronomers have observed both gravitational waves and light (electromagnetic radiation) from the same event, thanks to a global collaborative effort and the quick reactions of both ESO’s facilities and others around the world.

ESO Telescopes Observe First Light from Gravitational Wave Source

eso1733 — Science Release
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