Two recent studies probed ripples in spacetime from cataclysmic black hole events to reveal light in an implausible place and a mystery object in the cosmos.
“Neutron star binaries this massive may not be detectable by current telescope surveys.”
“If it turns out to be right, then we’ve confirmed a new type of star system. It’s that fundamental.”
A statistical analysis of 740 supernovas found that black holes can only account for 40 percent of dark matter in the universe, putting another nail in the coffin for the MACHOs theory of dark matter.
Astronomers capture both a gravitational wave and optical imagery from the energetic union of two neutron stars in a distant galaxy.
Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne, and Barry Barish are named for leading the effort to detect gravitational waves.
The newest gravitational wave discovery is the first to involve three detectors.
“You don’t write a paper saying: This is awesome! But we kind of have that feeling. It’s definitely a frontier.”
The mission paves the way for its big sister, LISA, that will listen for the collisions of galaxies and the explosions of massive stars.
“It was life-changing in the way that the world started to share our vision. The world started to believe with us.”
LIGO's detection of gravitational waves was an achievement comparable to Galileo’s telescope. Meet the man whose team built the detector.