Collection: Gravitational waves

A collection of articles on the search for gravitational waves

More Stories in Gravitational waves

  1. black hole formation
    Astronomy

    Colliding neutron stars shot a light-speed jet through space

    A stream of particles created in a neutron star crash, detected in 2017 using gravitational waves, could explain certain mysterious flashes of light.

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  2. scientists working on LIGO
    Quantum Physics

    LIGO will be getting a quantum upgrade

    Quantum squeezing of light will help scientists make better gravitational wave detectors.

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  3. KAGRA experiment
    Physics

    A new gravitational wave detector is almost ready to join the search

    Buried deep underground, Japan’s KAGRA detector relies on components cooled to just 20 degrees above absolute zero.

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  4. black holes
    Physics

    Scientists’ collection of gravitational waves just got a lot bigger

    The biggest black hole merger yet seen created one set of the spacetime ripples.

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  5. neutron star merger illustration
    Astronomy

    A neutron star crash may have spawned a black hole

    The neutron collision that took the astronomical community by storm last year probably created a black hole, researchers say.

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  6. illustration of neutron star collision
    Astronomy

    This year’s neutron star collision unlocks cosmic mysteries

    A rare and long-awaited astronomical event united thousands of astronomers in a frenzy of observations.

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  7. colliding black holes
    Physics

    Colliding black holes are reported for a fifth time

    LIGO spots another merger, this time with less fanfare.

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  8. colliding neutron stars
    Cosmology

    What detecting gravitational waves means for the expansion of the universe

    The latest LIGO signal proves that gravitational waves travel at the speed of light, ruling out a swath of cosmological theories in the process.

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  9. illustration of neutron star collision
    Astronomy

    Neutron star collision showers the universe with a wealth of discoveries

    A collision of neutron stars was spotted with gravitational waves for the first time. Telescopes captured gamma rays, visible light and more from the smashup.

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