American and European detectors identified for the first time the merging of two neutron stars from gravity waves. Einstein predicted the existence of gravity waves 100 years ago and they were first identified one year ago.
Watch: Simulation of neutron stars merging
Gravity waves created as a result of two neutron stars merging were discovered for the first time by American and European detectors and at the same time, the incredible explosion was seen utilizing long-range telescopes on Earth and in space. Scientists from Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University and the Weizmann Institute participated in the research. “This is a new era of space research,” said Professor Dovi Poznanski, an astronomer from Tel Aviv University.
The discovery confirmed an earlier sensational discovery from September 2016, in which gravity waves from the merging of two black holes were identified for the first time, but no explosion was seen.
Simulation of neutron stars merging Photo Credit: NRAO/AUI/NSF
“We expected there to be a signature of light in the merging of the neutron stars and that we’d be able to see the explosion,” Professor Poznanski stated. “On August 17th, we received a notification and turned the telescopes there and we saw the explosion for the first time. We received a new tool to measure events, if once I was dependent solely upon the light that came to me, so now we are able to use gravity waves.”