Sunday, August 22, 2021

Merger Of A Black Hole And A Neutron Star

Environmental & Science Education, STEM, Cosmology, Astrophysics

Ed Hessler

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) for July 14 leads with a question. "What happens when a black hole destroys a neutron star?"

The entry notes that "analyses indicate that just such an event created gravitational wave event GW200115, detected in 2020 January by LIGO and Virgo observatories." APOD features a computer simulation visualization if this unusual event. There is a brief and useful explanation of the terms and of the event.

The video is only 30-seconds long but get this, the video "lasts about 1000 times longer than the real merger event." 


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