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Readings hint at black hole eating neutron star

The science teams for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO, and Europe’s Virgo detector today laid out the details of their recent detections, including a crash between neutron stars, three black hole mergers and what may be the first observed collision of … Continue reading

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LIGO and Virgo gear up for gravitational waves

Physicists won’t be fooling around on April 1 at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory in Washington state and Louisiana, or at the Virgo gravitational-wave detector in Italy. Instead, they’ll all be bearing down for the most serious search ever conducted for signs of merging … Continue reading

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Four black hole smashups added to LIGO’s list

Four more mergers of black holes, including the biggest one recorded to date, have been added to a catalog generated by gravitational-wave detectors. The additions were announced today by the teams in charge of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or … Continue reading

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Year in Science: Neutron star smashup leads the list

For the second year in a row, the journal Science is hailing a discovery sparked by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory as the Breakthrough of the Year. Last year, the breakthrough was LIGO’s first-ever detection of a gravitational-wave burst thrown off by the merger of … Continue reading

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Scientists spot a smallish black hole smashup

It took months to figure it out, but the scientists in charge of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, or LIGO, have confirmed their observations of the most lightweight black hole merger yet. The latest detection provides further confirmation of Einstein’s general … Continue reading

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Scientists spot neutron stars as they clash and flash

For the first time ever, researchers have recorded the cataclysmic smash-up of two neutron stars by virtue of their gravitational waves as well as their electromagnetic emissions, producing data that could unlock cosmic secrets galore. The findings from the Aug. 17 … Continue reading

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Hubbub hints at smash-up of neutron stars

Another big announcement about gravitational waves is coming up, and this time the hints point to  observations in electromagnetic wavelengths as well — emissions of light that may have come from a collision of neutron stars, or a supernova. That would … Continue reading

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