Curtin University and UWA leads observation of neutron star collision

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AN Australian network of astronomers – led by Curtin University’s Phil Bland – was the only facility on Earth to be looking in the right direction to observe a rare collision of two neutron stars.

A US observatory and a detector in Italy first realised the stars were going to merge in August, so Curtin’s Desert Fireball Network and the Murchison Widefield Array radio telescope joined in a global effort to record the event.

The observations were released in the US overnight.

Period17 Oct 2017

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  • TitleCurtin University and UWA leads observation of neutron star collision
    Degree of recognitionLocal
    Media name/outletCanning Times
    Media typeWeb
    CountryAustralia
    Date17/10/17
    DescriptionAN Australian network of astronomers – led by Curtin University’s Phil Bland – was the only facility on Earth to be looking in the right direction to observe a rare collision of two neutron stars.
    A US observatory and a detector in Italy first realised the stars were going to merge in August, so Curtin’s Desert Fireball Network and the Murchison Widefield Array radio telescope joined in a global effort to record the event.
    The observations were released in the US overnight.
    Producer/AuthorJaime Shurmer
    URLhttps://www.communitynews.com.au/canning-times/news/curtin-university-leads-observation-of-neutron-star-collision/
    PersonsDavid Coward