Yesterday’s announcement of a new LIGO detection brings the total to four confirmed events (and one candidate). Can we responsibly make conclusions about population characteristics from so few data points?
A long-duration GRB was detected without its expected supernova companion. Today’s astrobite chronicles one team’s efforts to try and uncover the cause of GRB 111005A’s loneliness.
There’s no need to worry about the Earth being sterilized by an asteroid or gamma-ray burst, especially if you happen to be a tardigrade.
Detecting electromagnetic and gravitational signals from a single astrophysical event will be revolutionary, but how do we find the former when we don’t know exactly where the latter is?
Short gamma ray bursts are one of the biggest cosmic mysteries of modern astronomy. Today’s post investigates one possible culprit for this phenomena – the merging of two neutron stars.