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

Quantum measurement could improve gravitational wave detection sensitivity

Research could enable a new suite of experiments to measure quantum activity at room temperature.

Brittany Flaherty | School of Science • mit
May 1, 2019 ~10 min

Working together as a “virtual telescope,” observatories around the world produce first direct images of a black hole

Images reveal supermassive black hole at the heart of the Messier 87 galaxy.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
April 10, 2019 ~14 min

Astronomers capture first image of a black hole

ESO, ALMA, and APEX contribute to paradigm-shifting observations of the gargantuan black hole at the heart of the galaxy Messier 87. (Press release)

MIT News Office • mit
April 10, 2019 ~14 min

3 Questions: Lisa Barsotti on the new and improved LIGO

“If we are very lucky, we might observe something new … or maybe even something totally unexpected.”

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
April 1, 2019 ~4 min

X-ray pulse detected near event horizon as black hole devours star

Pulse pattern suggests distant black hole must be spinning at least at 50 percent the speed of light.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 9, 2019 ~9 min

Astronomers observe evolution of a black hole as it wolfs down stellar

Halo of highly energized electrons around the black hole contracts dramatically during feeding frenzy.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 9, 2019 ~8 min

LIGO and Virgo announce four new gravitational-wave detections

The observatories are also releasing their first catalog of gravitational-wave events.

MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 3, 2018 ~9 min

Could gravitational waves reveal how fast our universe is expanding? | MIT News

Signals from rare black hole-neutron star pairs could pinpoint rate at which universe is growing, researchers say.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
July 12, 2018 ~9 min

Dense stellar clusters may foster black hole megamergers | MIT News

Black holes in these environments could combine repeatedly to form objects bigger than anything a single star could produce.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
April 10, 2018 ~9 min

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