- Scientists detected gravitational waves from the collision of two neutron stars.
- They also saw light, for the first time.
- The project was the collaboration between 70 institutions including LIGO and Virgo.
Scientists have detected the collision of two neutron stars for the first time in history, yielding new insights into physics, the structure of the universe, and the origin of elements such as gold and platinum.
Researchers from several institutions detected the evidence 130 million light years away on Aug. 17. They announced the discovery Monday.
The collision was detected both through gravitational waves and through telescopes, which has never been done before. The combination of these two different types of data solves many long-standing puzzles and opens the door to a whole new kind of astronomy.
"This is an amazing, amazing discovery," said David Reitze, executive director, LIGO Laboratory/Caltech, told reporters at a news conference in Washington, D.C., on Monday.