#21: Gravitational Waves and Multi-Messenger Astronomy

Continuing where we left off last week with Multi-Messenger Astronomy: On August 17th, researchers at LIGO & VIRGO “heard” the last moments of a pair of neutron stars spiraling together and colliding. With a little luck, and a lot of help from observatories around the world they were able to locate and watch the resulting kilonova. What can we learn from that? A whole lot, it seems.

 

Show Notes

Moon Law #21: Gravitational Waves & LIGO

The Sound of Two Black Holes Colliding

LIGO and Virgo announce the detection of a black hole binary merger from June 8, 2017

The alert that LIGO-Virgo sent to astronomers to let them know we had detected a neutron star collision

Multi-messenger Observations of a Binary Neutron Star Merger

New gravitational wave detection with optical counterpart rules out some dark matter alternatives

Sean Carrol explains Standard Sirens

Measuring the Expansion of the Universe with Gravitational Waves

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