Science and Exploration

Finding GW170817 In The Sky

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
October 16, 2017
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Finding GW170817 In The Sky
Sky Localizations of Selected Gravitational-Wave Events.

On October 16, 2017, the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, Virgo Collaboration, and its partners announced the first observation of gravitational-waves from a pair of inspiraling neutron stars.
Electromagnetic emission from the resulting collision was also observed in multiple wavelength bands. This occured on August 17, 2017 and represents the first time a cosmic event was observed with both gravitational waves and light.

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