LIGO, Syracuse University physicists announce 1st detection of neutron star collision / by Jerald Pierce

Syracuse University officials joined the National Science Foundation on Monday to announce a discovery that confirmed the origins of gold, platinum and other heavy metals.

The announcement was made via simulcast in Goldstein Auditorium, where attendees listened to NSF Director France Córdova and Dr. Dave Reitze speak from Washington, D.C.

On Aug. 17, scientists “heard” gravitational waves given off by the collision of two neutron stars. Combining the resources of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory and Virgo detectors, scientists were able to hone in on the likely source of the waves. After training powerful telescopes, like NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, on that location, scientists observed the radioactive afterglow of the collision.

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