What the new Gravitational Waves discovery means for the future of Astronomy
October 17, 2017
Washington Post - In August, for the first time ever, scientists witnessed the electromagnetic
lightning and gravitational gusts from the stormy collision of two neutron stars in
a distant galaxy. The cosmic cataclysm created a “kilonova” — a phenomenon that had
never been seen before — and the observations by both traditional telescopes and gravitational
wave detectors heralded a new era for science. In the years to come, astrophysicists
will use two “messengers” to understand the universe: electromagnetism and gravity.
Something similar happened in radio wavelengths: The first radio signal from the jet
didn't arrive on Earth until 16 days after the gravitational wave detection, according
to Texas Tech University astronomer Alessandra Corsi, and it could linger in the sky
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