Major Astronomical Discovery Announced

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Scientists at The University of Western Australia have made a huge astronomical discovery.

Ever heard the saying “when stars collide?” What was once just a scientific theory is now a reality. In a huge cosmic announcement, two neutron stars 120 million light years away have collided. Neutron stars are the collapsed centre of large stars that explode as a supernova.

The unheard of collision was detected by thousands of global researchers, including several Australians who helped develop the detecting devices and identify the radio and optical signals from the collision. Associate Professor David Coward from the University of Western Australia said the discovery had uncovered a new kind of astronomy and would open up new scientific channels entirely. “Everything about this discovery is new. The fact that gravitational waves, gamma rays, light and radio signals are all coming from the same source is extraordinary,” he says.

Period17 Oct 2017

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  • TitleMajor Astronomical Discovery Announced
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletMindfood
    Media typeWeb
    CountryAustralia
    Date17/10/17
    DescriptionScientists at The University of Western Australia have made a huge astronomical discovery.
    Ever heard the saying “when stars collide?” What was once just a scientific theory is now a reality. In a huge cosmic announcement, two neutron stars 120 million light years away have collided. Neutron stars are the collapsed centre of large stars that explode as a supernova.
    The unheard of collision was detected by thousands of global researchers, including several Australians who helped develop the detecting devices and identify the radio and optical signals from the collision. Associate Professor David Coward from the University of Western Australia said the discovery had uncovered a new kind of astronomy and would open up new scientific channels entirely. “Everything about this discovery is new. The fact that gravitational waves, gamma rays, light and radio signals are all coming from the same source is extraordinary,” he says.
    Producer/AuthorNikki Addison
    URL https://www.mindfood.com/au/article/major-astronomical-discovery-announced/
    PersonsDavid Coward