Mystery object could be heavy star or light black hole

"We don't know if this object is the heaviest known neutron star, or the lightest known black hole, but either way it breaks a record."

Sam Sholtis-Penn State • futurity
June 24, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: space stars black-holes gravitational-waves science-and-technology

Gravitational waves: Cosmic vibrations sensed from unusual star merger

Laser labs pick up a signal emanating from the collision of two dense, dead stars.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Jan. 7, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: astronomy space-exploration gravitational-waves

Team hunts for ‘optical counterparts’ of gravitational waves

Ever since the detection of gravitational waves, researchers have been searching for the bursts of light that may accompany the collisions that cause them.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
Aug. 20, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: machine-learning space light stars black-holes gravitational-waves science-and-technology

3 Questions: Salvatore Vitale on LIGO’s latest detections

“We will keep listening for these faint and remote cosmic whispers,” says the physics professor.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 2, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: physics astrophysics astronomy research black-holes gravitational-waves school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf kavli-institute ligo

LIGO and Virgo detect neutron star smash-ups

Findings reported just weeks into the network’s latest operating run. (Press release)

MIT News Office • mit
May 2, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: physics astrophysics astronomy research black-holes gravitational-waves school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf kavli-institute ligo

LIGO is back and ready to search for more gravitational waves

After a hiatus, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) is back and better than ever, ready to hunt down ripples in space-time.

Ker Than-Stanford • futurity
April 8, 2019 ~1 min

Tags: space lasers gravitational-waves featured science-and-technology imaging-technology

How fast is the universe expanding? Depends who you ask

Knowing how fast the universe is expanding could tell us a lot about its age and size, and soon, we may learn a lot more about the exact measurement.

Louise Lerner-Chicago • futurity
March 31, 2019 ~9 min

Tags: space stars gravitational-waves featured science-and-technology

Merging galaxies fuel supermassive black holes

Simulations of merging galaxies are giving researchers insight into how supermassive black holes get so gigantic.

Rachel Wayne-Florida • futurity
Nov. 12, 2018 ~7 min

Tags: space galaxies black-holes gravitational-waves science-and-technology

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