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
    CountryDenmark
    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 Brandt, Jérôme Chenevez, V. Savchenko, E. Kuulkers

Keywords

  • Gravitaional waves, neutron stars, INTEGRAL