Optical Light from a Gravitational Wave Event

NASA and Hubble Space Telescope2017-10-16

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This movie zooms into the galaxy NGC 4993, located in the constellation Hydra. Within this galaxy, a neutron star collision generated gravitational waves and an associated gamma-ray burst (GRB). It also resulted in a glow called a kilonova that was visible to telescopes including the Hubble Space Telescope. The Hubble images were taken on August 22, 26, and 28, 2017, and show the glow fading over time.

Credit: NASA, ESA, and J. DePasquale, Z. Levay, and G. Bacon (STScI)

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  • Title: Optical Light from a Gravitational Wave Event
  • Creator: NASA, Hubble Space Telescope
  • Date Created: 2017-10-16
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