A Smashup of Neutron Stars & Einstein’s Theory of Relativity with Astrophysics Curator Michael Shara


An artist rendering of ripples in space-time caused by two binary neutron stars orbiting each other, with museum podcast logo overlaid on top.

Today, scientists announced that they have detected a spectacular collision of two neutron stars some 130 million light years away. The method of discovery is also making news: this was the first time ever that a cosmic event was perceived through both gravitational waves — ripples in space and time — and light. 

More than 1,500 scientists around the world collaborated on this breakthrough, using the U.S.-based Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory or LIGO, the Europe-based Virgo detector, and some 70 ground- and space-based observatories. Museum astrophysicist Michael Shara, who was part of the research team, explains this thrilling discovery in the latest podcast.



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