Kilonava observation marks the dawn of Multi-Messenger Astronomy

In October 2017, following the observation of gamma-ray bursts, visible light, and gravitational waves, all from the same event (a ‘kilonova’, the merging of two incredibly dense neutron stars), several papers were published in the journal Nature and elsewhere outlining the importance of the discovery.   Elena Pian, astronomer with the Italian National Institute for […]

European Southern Observatory scheduled to make mystery announcement following Ireland’s plans to join in 2018

Spoiler alert: the mystery announcement is completely unrelated to Ireland’s joining the European Southern Observatory (ESO), but is nonetheless very exciting, featuring something never-before-seen, according to Observatory.   This announcement will now be of particular interest to Irish astrophysicists, as an increase in the state budget for innovation in 2018 will finally allow Ireland to […]

Gravitational Waves Could Be Detected This Year

Katarzyna discusses what gravitational waves are, the rumours from the LIGO project and the importance of gravitational waves in the study of the objects that generate them.

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