Hawaii News Digest, 21 October 2017, 1555 UTC, Post #15812.
Reporter: Shannon Stirone (“Wired”).
Accessed on 21 October 2017, 1555 UTC.
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Many of the heavier elements in our universe, such as iron and gold, were created in massive stellar collisions such as this event captured in this photograph. For the first time in human history, “researchers have detected gravity waves produced by the violent impact of two dense neutron stars some 130 million light years away.” Gravity waves produced by this massive collision have been detected on Earth by the LIGO observatory. Photos and other electromagnetic data have been collected by several powerful telescopes, including the Subaru and W. M. Keck Observatories on the summit of Mauna Kea.
The late astronomer Carl Sagan once said “we are made from star stuff.” Perhaps colliding galaxies such as NGC 2623 are our true ancestors.
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