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At last, we’ve found gravitational waves from a collapsing pair of neutron stars

Artist’s impression of the collision of two neutron stars, the source of the latest gravitational waves detected. National Science Foundation/LIGO/Sonoma State University/A. Simonnet, Author provided

At last, we’ve found gravitational waves from a collapsing pair of neutron stars

At last, we’ve found gravitational waves from a collapsing pair of neutron stars Artist’s impression of the collision of two neutron stars, the source of the latest gravitational waves detected. National Science Foundation/LIGO/Sonoma State University/A. Simonnet, Author provided David Blair, University of Western Australia After […]

After the alert: radio ‘eyes’ hunt the source of the gravitational waves

The Australia Telescope Compact Array in Narrabri, NSW. David Smyth/CSIRO, Author provided

After the alert: radio ‘eyes’ hunt the source of the gravitational waves

After the alert: radio ‘eyes’ hunt the source of the gravitational waves The Australia Telescope Compact Array in Narrabri, NSW. David Smyth/CSIRO, Author provided Tara Murphy, University of Sydney and David Kaplan, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee At 11:21pm Sydney time on Thursday August 17, 2017, an […]

An award with real gravity: how gravitational waves attracted a Nobel Prize

An illustration of the collision of two black holes, an event detected for the first time ever by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). The SXS (Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes) Project

An award with real gravity: how gravitational waves attracted a Nobel Prize

An award with real gravity: how gravitational waves attracted a Nobel Prize An illustration of the collision of two black holes, an event detected for the first time ever by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). The SXS (Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes) Project Eric Thrane, Monash […]

Experiments simultaneously detect gravitational waves – and help open up a new era of astronomy

Virgo detector in Italy. Virgo collaboration

Experiments simultaneously detect gravitational waves – and help open up a new era of astronomy

Experiments simultaneously detect gravitational waves – and help open up a new era of astronomy Virgo detector in Italy. Virgo collaboration. Ed Daw, University of Sheffield The detection of gravitational waves – ripples in the fabric of space itself – by the LIGO collaboration last […]

Expect the unexpected from the big-data boom in radio astronomy

Radio astronomy may reveal more about the supermassive black hole, typically found at the heart of many galaxies. ESO/L. Calçada/Artists impression, CC BY

Expect the unexpected from the big-data boom in radio astronomy

Expect the unexpected from the big-data boom in radio astronomy Antennas of the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) at CSIRO’s Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory in Western Australia. CSIRO, Author provided Ray Norris, Western Sydney University Radio astronomy is undergoing a major boost, with new technology gathering data […]

Gravitational waves are helping us crack the mystery of how pairs of black holes form

Black hole collision and merger releasing gravitational waves. by LIGO

Gravitational waves are helping us crack the mystery of how pairs of black holes form

Gravitational waves are helping us crack the mystery of how pairs of black holes form Black hole collision and merger releasing gravitational waves. Ilya Mandel, University of Birmingham A tiny disturbance in space became an enormous scientific discovery when LIGO amazingly managed to register it […]

Fastest stars in the Milky Way are ‘runaways’ from another galaxy

Artist’s impression of a runaway star Credit: Amanda Smith, Institute of Astronomy

Fastest stars in the Milky Way are ‘runaways’ from another galaxy

Fastest stars in the Milky Way are ‘runaways’ from another galaxy A group of astronomers have shown that the fastest-moving stars in our galaxy – which are travelling so fast that they can escape the Milky Way – are in fact runaways from a much […]