Scientists Are 99% Sure They Just Detected a Black Hole Eating a Neutron Star
“If it turns out to be right, then we’ve confirmed a new type of star system. It’s that fundamental.”
Black Holes Can’t Account for Missing Dark Matter in the Universe
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.
Neutron Star Mergers
Scientists Have Detected an Entirely New Type of Gravitational Wave
Astronomers capture both a gravitational wave and optical imagery from the energetic union of two neutron stars in a distant galaxy.
ripples in spacetime
Nobel Prize in Physics Recognizes the Dawn of a Whole New Kind of Astronomy
Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne, and Barry Barish are named for leading the effort to detect gravitational waves.
These Black Holes Merged Nearly Two Billion Years Ago and We Have the Receipts
The newest gravitational wave discovery is the first to involve three detectors.
Black Hole Mergers
LIGO's Four Gravitational Wave Detections Come From Off-Kilter Black Hole Mergers
“You don’t write a paper saying: This is awesome! But we kind of have that feeling. It’s definitely a frontier.”
These Floating Golden Cubes Proved We Can Detect Cosmic Ripples in Space
The mission paves the way for its big sister, LISA, that will listen for the collisions of galaxies and the explosions of massive stars.
einstein was right
Two Black Holes Ate Each Other and Rippled the Fabric of Spacetime
humans of the year
The Sound of Two Black Holes Colliding Is Music to Szabolcs Marka’s Ears
“It was life-changing in the way that the world started to share our vision. The world started to believe with us.”
humans of the year
One of the Greatest Cosmic Mysteries Was Solved By David Shoemaker’s Device
LIGO's detection of gravitational waves was an achievement comparable to Galileo’s telescope. Meet the man whose team built the detector.
Gravitational Waves Are Just Everyday Astrophysics Now
This week's announcement of a second LIGO detection is likely just the start.
Some Astrophysicists Think LIGO May Have Spotted a Dark Matter Signal
Revisiting a fringe theory of black holes and missing matter.