Late last week, when the entire world and scientific community globally are busy in exploring and witnessing the first-in-one-century Total Solar Eclipse on 21st August, two of NASA’s space-based telescopes including the Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray alongside two land-based telescopes jumbled to capture a much more volatile event that was going to take place in the celestial realm. Energized exchanges have been taking place among the astronomers as they were expecting a potential crash of two exotic dead stars or neutron stars in the far remote galaxy.
Finding the possibility of this stellar collision, scientists stayed behind the observations with a hope to document an astrophysical Rosetta stone: a catastrophic event which can emit the stronger electromagnetic signal over the mysterious gravitational waves which are separately detected by the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (Advanced LIGO) a few months earlier.
The first headlines about the detection of Gravitational waves came to the forefront in February 2016 when LIGO collaboration team announced that it had tracked down the presence of the gravitational waves from a duo of rear-ending black holes and the later one came, when the same team confirmed the finding of a second black hole collision in the distant galaxy. Again, in January this year, the team upheld the detection of the third black hole collision during Advanced LIGO’s second observation campaign which wrapped up this Friday.
Now, the astronomers possibly have tracked down the generation of the gravitational waves as two astrophysical carcasses puffed up each other and eventually got merged with each other. Now as expected by scientists, this possible merger may have left a protracted extraterrestrial fingerprint which astronomer teams are racing to scrutinize with some of the sharpest eyed telescopes in the space. According to Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz of the University of California, Santa Cruz, “If the findings are true; then could transform the entire domain of astronomy and probably will be one of the greatest discoveries ever made since the practice of science.
As said by Duncan Brown, a physics professor at Syracuse University and an associate of the LIGO collaboration, Finding answer to all such venerable mysteries and questions could help us writing a complete story about the universe which eventually will help people understanding the cosmos, stellar events, and other serious topics of astronomy to a great extent.
In recent few years, many astrophysicists have confirmed that the rare mergers between two neutron stars can provide a solution to a host of long-standing and open astronomical issues. The collisions can decode the enigmatic and concise flashes of gamma rays, coming from the distant orbs, can solve the mystery of the overriding counterfeits of some of the cosmos’ intense “r-process” elements like gold, uranium, and platinum and also can help physicists to get a better understanding on matter reacts at densities analogous to the core of an atom.