Discovery offers clues to heavy element formation, universe’s expansion and more
NSF, LIGO, Sonoma State Univ., A. Simonnet
In 2017, scientists went all in on a never-before-seen astronomical event of astounding proportions: a head-on collision between two neutron stars, the ultradense remnants of exploded stars.
The smashup sent shivers of gravitational waves through Earth, and the light show that followed sent shivers of excitement down astronomers’ spines. A real-life scientific drama quickly unfolded as night after night, astronomers around the world raced the sunrise, capturing every possible bit of data before day broke at their observatories.
Scientists had long fantasized about using light together with gravitational waves to forge a new