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Artist's impression of the binary neutron star merger observed by LIGO Livingston on April 25, 2019. Image credit: National Science Foundation/LIGO/Sonoma State University/A. Simonnet
LIGO-Virgo Network Catches Another Neutron Star Collision

January 7, 2020

On April 25, 2019, the LIGO Livingston Observatory picked up what appeared to be gravitational ripples from a…
Observing a “Cosmic Symphony” Using Gravitational Wave Astronomy

November 20, 2019

Shrouded in mystery since their discovery, the phenomenon of black holes continues to be one of the most…
KAGRA to Join LIGO and Virgo in Hunt for Gravitational Waves

October 7, 2019

Japan’s Kamioka Gravitational-wave Detector (KAGRA) will soon team up with the National Science Foundation’s Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory…
Stanford experiment harnesses atoms to detect gravitational waves

September 27, 2019

Hidden deep in a basement at Stanford stands a 10-meter-tall tube, wrapped in a metal cage and draped…
Just How Feasible is a Warp Drive?

September 25, 2019

It’s hard living in a relativistic Universe, where even the nearest stars are so far away and the…
New hunt for dark matter

September 19, 2019

Dark matter is only known by its effect on massive astronomical bodies, but has yet to be directly…
Scientists detect tones in the ringing of a newborn black hole for the first time

September 18, 2019

If Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity holds true, then a black hole, born from the cosmically quaking…
First ‘Overtones’ Heard in the Ringing of a Black Hole

September 12, 2019

When two black holes collide, they merge into one bigger black hole and ring like a struck bell,…
Dead Stars Found Whipping Around Each Other in Minutes

July 26, 2019

Two dead stars have been spotted whipping around each other every seven minutes. The rare celestial find was…
Scientists spot two supermassive black holes on collision course with each other

July 11, 2019

Each black hole’s mass is more than 800 million times that of our sun. As the two gradually…
Princeton astrophysicists are closing in on the Hubble constant

July 10, 2019

Exactly how fast is the universe expanding? Scientists are still not completely sure, but a Princeton-led team of…
A New Candidate for Dark Matter and a Way to Detect It

June 12, 2019

Two theoretical physicists at the University of California, Davis, have a new candidate for dark matter, and a…
Gravitational forces in protoplanetary disks push super-Earths close to stars

May 13, 2019

The galaxy is littered with planetary systems vastly different from ours. In the solar system, the planet closest…
Gravitational waves leave a detectable mark, physicists say

May 13, 2019

Gravitational waves, first detected in 2016, offer a new window on the universe, with the potential to tell…
Have scientists observed a black hole swallowing a neutron star?

May 7, 2019

Within weeks of switching their machines back on to scour the sky for more sources of gravitational waves,…
A new signal for a neutron star collision discovered

April 24, 2019

A bright burst of X-rays has been discovered by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory in a galaxy 6.6 billion…
The Standard Siren: Using gravitational waves to measure the Hubble constant

April 8, 2019

The history of science is filled with stories of enthusiastic researchers slowly winning over skeptical colleagues to their…
LIGO and Virgo Resume Search for Ripples in Space and Time

March 29, 2019

The National Science Foundation’s LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) is set to resume its hunt for gravitational waves—ripples…
Better ‘hearing aids’ to listen to the Universe

January 28, 2019

The world’s most sensitive science experiment may be about to get even better, with the UK allocating funds…
Faint stellar glow reveals the location of dark matter in galaxy clusters

January 14, 2019

The light of lone stars helps astronomers trace the distribution of dark matter in massive galaxy clusters –…
Joseph Lukens, Raphael Pooser, and Nick Peters (from left) of ORNL’s Quantum Information Science Group developed and tested a new interferometer made from highly nonlinear fiber in pursuit of improved sensitivity at the quantum scale. Credit: Carlos Jones/ORNL
Novel fiber-optic device lays foundation for quantum-enhanced measurements

January 5, 2019

By analyzing a pattern formed by the intersection of two beams of light, researchers can capture elusive details…
Catalog of Cosmic Cataclysms Helps Establish Gravitational Wave Astronomy

December 7, 2018

In February 2016, astronomers shook the scientific world with the announcement that they had observed gravitational waves from…
Detecting black hole collisions is now routine, UO physicists say

December 6, 2018

The first detection of a gravitational wave in September 2015 rocked the physics world and drew international attention.…
Gravitational waves from a merged hyper-massive neutron star

November 15, 2018

For the first time astronomers have detected gravitational waves from a merged, hyper-massive neutron star. The scientists, Maurice…
On Sept. 22, 2017, the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole, represented in this illustration by strings of sensors under the ice, detected a high-energy neutrino that appeared to come from deep space. NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope (center left) pinpointed the source as a supermassive black hole in a galaxy about 4 billion light-years away. It is the first high-energy neutrino source identified from outside our galaxy. Credits: NASA/Fermi and Aurore Simonnet, Sonoma State University
Multimessenger Links to NASA’s Fermi Mission Show How Luck Favors the Prepared

November 9, 2018

In 2017, NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope played a pivotal role in two important breakthroughs occurring just five…
Most Detailed Observations of Material Orbiting close to a Black Hole

November 2, 2018

ESO’s GRAVITY instrument on the Very Large Telescope (VLT) Interferometer has been used by scientists from a consortium…
Data Transfer Through Gravitational Waves Could be Possible

October 25, 2018

On February 11th, 2016, scientists at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) made history when they announced the…
Gravitational Waves Could Shed Light on Dark Matter

October 22, 2018

Black holes colliding, gravitational waves riding through space-time – and a huge instrument that allows scientists to investigate…
All in the family: Kin of gravitational-wave source discovered

October 18, 2018

In October 2017, astronomers excitedly announced the first detection of electromagnetic waves, or light, from a gravitational wave…
Black holes ruled out as universe’s missing dark matter

October 4, 2018

For one brief shining moment after the 2015 detection of gravitational waves from colliding black holes, astronomers held…
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