Integral sees blast traveling with gravitational waves

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    ESA’s Integral satellite recently played a crucial role in discovering the flash of gamma rays linked to the gravitational waves released by the collision of two neutron stars.


    On 17 August, a burst of gamma rays lit up in space for almost two seconds. It was promptly recorded by Integral and NASA’s Fermi satellite.


    Such short gamma-ray bursts are not uncommon: Integral catches about 20 every year. But this one was special: just seconds before the two satellites saw the blast, an entirely different instrument was triggered on Earth.

    https://www.myscience.org/news/2017/integral_sees_blast_travelling_with_gravitational_waves-2017-ESA

     

    Subject

    Gravitational waves and gamma ray detection.

    Period16 Oct 2017

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    • TitleIntegral sees blast travelling with gravitational waves
      Degree of recognitionInternational
      Media name/outletMyScience
      Media typeWeb
      Country/TerritoryDenmark
      Date16/10/2017
      DescriptionESA’s Integral satellite recently played a crucial role in discovering the flash of gamma rays linked to the gravitational waves released by the collision of two neutron stars.

      On 17 August, a burst of gamma rays lit up in space for almost two seconds. It was promptly recorded by Integral and NASA’s Fermi satellite.

      Such short gamma-ray bursts are not uncommon: Integral catches about 20 every year. But this one was special: just seconds before the two satellites saw the blast, an entirely different instrument was triggered on Earth.
      URLhttps://www.myscience.org/news/2017/integral_sees_blast_travelling_with_gravitational_waves-2017-ESA
      PersonsSøren Kristian Brandt, Jerome Chenevez, V. Savchenko, E. Kuulkers

    Keywords

    • Gravitaional waves, neutron stars, INTEGRAL