ASU researcher involved in groundbreaking detection of neutron star collision
Oct. 19, 2017
The scientific community is excited about a recent collision between two neutron stars. For the first time ever, light emitted from an event that created gravitational waves was observed when those two stars collided.
Arizona State University astronomer Nathaniel Butler is part of a team of astronomers that used ground and space-based telescopes to pinpoint the source of the gravitational waves emitted by the collision, which were picked up by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory, or LIGO.
Butler tells us why this is such an important discovery and how the neutron star collision created massive amounts of heavy metals, including huge amounts of gold.