LIGO Detects Fierce Collision of Neutron Stars for the First Time

On August 17, 2017, a peculiar thing happened, two dead neutron stars collided and made a massive explosion.One hundred thirty million light years away it happened shooting colors across the universe. Explosions like this produced many precious metals like gold, silver, and uranium. When stars like that hit, a lot of things come out,  gamma-rays, X-rays, and radio-waves. The Fermi Gamma-ray Space telescope, which looks for high radiation, recorded a two second flash of gamma rays ,which astronomers believe is the collision. According to LIGO, the collision made 2.6 suns or a bigger neutron star.

For science, this means that after that collision, we can see deeper into what happens when stars collide. It kind of makes the universe a bit bigger because now we can see and visualize what it was like. We have such cool technology to actually know about this. I chose this article, “LIGO Detects Fierce Collision of Neutron Stars for the First Time,” because it looked interesting and I wanted to learn about what happens when stars collide. This does not relate to anything we’ve done in science.   

By Christopher 4T

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