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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 movie, created using a sequence of i-band images obtained through our program with the Dark Energy Camera, demonstrates the rapid fading of the optical counterpart to GW170817. At twelve hours, the point source in the top left of the galaxy is clearly visible, but has almost completely faded away just a week later.

P.S. Cowperthwaite / E. Berger / CfA

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