Neutron star collision showers the universe with a wealth of discoveries

Detection of gravitational waves from smashup helps reveal where heavy elements are created

illustration of neutron star collision

BRIGHT BURST  After two neutron stars slammed together, scientists detected gravitational waves, a burst of gamma rays and a glow from ejected material, shown in this artist’s conception.

NSF, LIGO, A. Simonnet/Sonoma State Univ.

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