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UVI’s Etelman Observatory Helped with Landmark Neutron Star Observations

For the first time, scientists have directly detected both gravitational waves – ripples in space and time – and also light from the spectacular collision of two neutron stars, and the University of the Virgin Island’s Etelman Observatory played a role in this observation. The achievement was marked by news conferences and releases from scientific institutions around the world, including the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI).

The observation marks the first time that an astronomic event has been viewed in both gravitational waves and light. There have been only two previous detections of gravitational waves ever, both from colliding black holes, both observed this year. Scientists now have the equipment to do detect the occurrences, which had been theorized a century earlier by Albert Einstein but never before observed.

The discovery was made using the U.S.-based Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), the Europe-based Virgo detector, and some 70 ground- and space-based observatories, including UVI’s Etelman Observatory.

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