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LIGO and Virgo make first detection of gravitational waves produced by colliding neutron stars

16 Oct 2017, 13:59 UTC
LIGO and Virgo make first detection of gravitational waves produced by colliding neutron stars National Science Foundation/LIGO/Sonoma State University/A. Simonnet

For the first time, scientists have directly detected gravitational waves — ripples in space-time — in addition to light from the spectacular collision of two neutron stars. This marks the first time that a cosmic event has been viewed in both gravitational waves and light.

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