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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…
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,…
Hubble Has Looked at the 2017 Kilonova Explosion Almost a Dozen Times, Watching it Slowly Fade Away

September 12, 2019

In 2017, LIGO (Laser-Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory) and Virgo detected gravitational waves coming from the merger of two…
Gravitational Wave Detectors Might be Able to Detect Dark Matter Particles Colliding With Their Mirrors

September 10, 2019

The field of astronomy has been revolutionized thanks to the first-ever detection of gravitational waves (GWs). Since the…
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,…
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…
LIGO Just Got a Big Upgrade, Will Begin Searching for Gravitational Waves Again on April 1st

March 21, 2019

In February of 2016, scientists at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) made history by announcing the first-ever…
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…
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…
Superfast Jet of Material Blasted Out From Last Year Neutron Star Merger

September 13, 2018

In August of 2017, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detected waves that were believed to be caused…
Superfast Jet Observed Streaming Away from Stellar Collision

September 10, 2018

Using a collection of National Science Foundation radio telescopes, researchers have confirmed that a narrow jet of material…
Okay, Last Year’s Kilonova Did Probably Create a Black Hole

June 5, 2018

In August of 2017, another major breakthrough occurred when the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detected waves that…
Two Neutron Stars + Gravitational Waves = A Black Hole

June 1, 2018

A colleague of mine at MIT once said that the minute the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO)…
Dense Star Clusters Could be the Places Where Black Hole Mergers are Common

April 13, 2018

In February of 2016, scientists working for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) made history when they announced…
Here’s Something Strange, the Afterglow From Last Year’s Kilonova is Continuing to Brighten

January 22, 2018

In August of 2017, a major breakthrough occurred when scientists at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detected…
illustration of two merging neutron stars
Astronomers Set the Limit for Just How Massive Neutron Stars Can Be

January 19, 2018

In February of 2016, scientists working at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) made history when they announced…
The Gaia Mission Could Moonlight as a Gravitational Wave Detector

January 6, 2018

In February of 2016, scientists working for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) made the first-ever detection of…
Kilonova Neutron Star Collision Probably Left Behind a Black Hole

December 20, 2017

In February of 2016, scientists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) announced the first-ever detection of gravitational…
Star Mergers: A New Test of Gravity, Dark Energy Theories

December 18, 2017

When scientists recorded a rippling in space-time, followed within two seconds by an associated burst of light observed…
Public to join the hunt for Einstein’s gravitational waves

November 27, 2017

A brand new citizen science project led by Cardiff University, in partnership with Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO), will…
LIGO and Virgo make first detection of gravitational waves produced by colliding neutron stars

October 17, 2017

For the first time, scientists have directly detected gravitational waves — ripples in space-time — in addition to…
Stars collide, and scientists help track another cosmic first

October 17, 2017

An epic collision that likely spewed platinum and gold into space and shook the very fabric of the…
Scientists Decode the Origin of Universe’€™s Heavy Elements in the Light from a Neutron Star Merger

October 16, 2017

Sometimes – even in matters of science – you have to be lucky. On Aug. 17, scientists around the globe…
How Berkeley Lab Software Helped Lead to the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics

October 11, 2017

On September 14, 2015, LIGO instruments detected gravitational waves for the first time. This detection confirms a major prediction of Albert…
LIGO and Virgo observatories jointly detect black hole collision

September 29, 2017

In August, detectors on two continents recorded gravitational wave signals from a pair of black holes colliding. This…
Scientists explain new discovery in gravitational wave astronomy

June 4, 2017

The announcement that a third collision of black holes has been detected three billion light years away validates…
LIGO’s second run detects another merger of black holes

June 2, 2017

Some 3 billion light years away in space, two black holes merged into one with a mass about…
Can the origin of the first gravitational waves detected be traced back to primordial black holes?

August 11, 2016

A team of researchers from the University of Tokyo and their collaborators have put forward a novel scenario…
Simulations foresee hordes of colliding black holes in future

June 30, 2016

New calculations predict that the Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory (LIGO) will detect approximately 1,000 mergers of massive…
LIGO observatory finds another gravity wave from deep space

June 16, 2016

Another wrinkle in the fabric of spacetime has been detected by an ultrasophisticated observatory where UO scientists play…
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