Scientists witness first kilonova, as 2 neutron stars collide
Over 130 million years ago, two neutron stars collided, and a few days ago, scientists on Earth detected the event.
Move over supernova; this sucker was a kilonova.
Veritasium explains why that’s such a huge deal.
This is a historic detection as it demonstrates:
– the first gravitational waves detected from inspiraling neutron stars
– the first joint observation by gravitational wave and electromagnetic wave astronomy
– identification of a gamma ray burst in conjunction with merging neutron stars
– how gravitational waves and gamma rays can be used together to locate their source
Full story at Veritaseum.
Huge cosmic events.