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Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 14.01.2020
X-rays and gravitational waves will combine to illuminate massive black hole collisions
A new study by a group of researchers at the University of Birmingham has found that collisions of supermassive black holes may be simultaneously observable in both gravitational waves and X-rays at the beginning of the next decade. The European Space Agency (ESA) has recently announced that its two major space observatories of the 2030s will have their launches timed for simultaneous use.

Astronomy / Space Science - 13.01.2020
TESS dates an ancient collision with our galaxy
A single bright star in the constellation of Indus, visible from the southern hemisphere, has revealed new insights on an ancient collision that our galaxy the Milky Way underwent with another smaller galaxy called Gaia-Enceladus early in its history. An international team of scientists led by the University of Birmingham adopted the novel approach of applying the forensic characterisation of a single ancient, bright star called ν Indi as a probe of the history of the Milky Way.

Astronomy / Space Science - 09.01.2020
Scientists spot spectacular neutron star collision
Scientists spot spectacular neutron star collision
The spectacular collision of two neutron stars over 500 million light-years away from Earth has been spotted through the detection of gravitational waves. The neutron stars - remnants of dying stars that undergo catastrophic explosions as they collapse at the end of their lives - merged into an unusually large single object that was around 3.4 times the mass of our sun, the team report.

Astronomy / Space Science - 07.01.2020
LIGO-Virgo Network catches another neutron star collision
LIGO-Virgo Network catches another neutron star collision
On April 25, 2019, the gravitational-wave observatory network that includes the National Science Foundation's LIGO and the European Virgo detectors picked up what appeared to be gravitational ripples from a collision of two neutron stars. Astrophysicists at the University of Birmingham have contributed to a new study confirming that this event, which was witnessed by only one detector in the network, LIGO Livingston, was indeed likely the result of a merger of two neutron stars.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 06.01.2020
UofG gravitational astrophysicists celebrate neutron star collision observation
The publication of a new observation of gravitational wave data is being celebrated by researchers from the University of Glasgow's Institute for Gravitational Research, who helped support the international collaborations which made the detection possible. On April 25, 2019, the observatory known as LIGO Livingston picked up what appeared to be gravitational ripples from a collision of two neutron stars - only the second time this type of event has ever been observed by gravitational wave astronomy.

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