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Stars Collide Scattering Gold and Platinum

Chasen Hamilton, News Editor

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Two neutron stars recently collided for the first time with each other scattering gold and platinum all across space. This collision created the first ever rippling through space creating gravitational forces. The collision was released in of a two second gamma ray burst. It is being praised as the “first known multi-messenger of astrophysics.” Two years ago, gravitational waves were detected which were the results of two black holes colliding with each other, granting three scientists a noble peace prize for their hard work. This star collision has granted astronomers even more data about the outside universe. According to Marcelle Soares-Santos, “We can now use this type of event to measure the rate of expansion of the universe.” 

A multitude of research papers were written and published after the collision. Vicky Kalogera, leading astrophysicist for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration compared previous detections to experiencing a thunderstorm in a room with no windows. According to scientists’ observations, events like this happens 100 times per million years in a galaxy. As a collaboration, UC Santa Cruz, and Carnegie Observatories were the first to ever discover this event and able to collect data before, during, and after the event. The discovery concludes that gamma-ray bursts happen as a result from the collision of two neutron stars. Also, the heavy elements can also play a big part of collision between stars and it confirms gravitational waves and light can collide together. 

In conclusion, for us humans this was very rare of an event but in a galaxy far, far away it happens 100 times per million years. This was also a huge impact on scientist because it provided them with more information. It even brought astrophysicists and scientists to a new level of thinking. 

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