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Release No.: 2017-30
For Release: Monday, October 16, 2017 - 10:00am

Astronomers See Light Show Associated With Gravitational Waves

This animation shows how binary neutron stars warp space-time to create gravitational waves, then collide and explode into a visible kilonova, which can be detected by astronomers. It then pulls back to show the observatory in Chile that houses the Dark Energy Camera, the primary tool of the Dark Energy Survey, whose gravitational wave team was among the first scientific collaborations to observe this kilonova on Aug. 17, 2017.


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