Artist's illustration of two merging neutron stars. The narrow beams represent the gamma-ray burst while the rippling space-time grid indicates the isotropic gravitational waves that characterize the merger. Swirling clouds of material ejected from the merging stars are a possible source of the light that was seen at lower energies. (Credit: National Science Foundation/LIGO/Sonoma State University/A. Simonnet.)

Texas A&M Astronomers Play Key Collaborative Roles in Neutron Star Collision Imaging and Analyses

Oct 16, 2017
"The Virgo detector only started operating this summer in time to participate in the detection of the most recent black hole merger prior to this historic first detection of the merger of two neutron stars. Having three detectors widely spaced around the Earth is critical to pinpoint the location of these events and enable further studies with conventional telescopes."
Dr. Lucas Macri, Texas A&M astronomer