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MultiMessenger Astronomy

LIGO and Virgo announce the detection of a black hole binary merger from June 8, 2017

News Release • November 15, 2017

Despite their relatively diminutive size, GW170608’s black holes will greatly contribute to the growing field of “multimessenger astronomy," where gravitational wave astronomers and electromagnetic astronomers work together to learn more about these exotic and mysterious objects. 

Since the confirmation of the discovery,  is this "one new aspect of thinking beyond the current framework" that we expand ordinary intelligence to moving into a new arena of discovery? What had the limits of science constrain while we had applied as our previous constructs the prior thinking? What will it look like now in that prospective view of science in astronomy?



I dare to share previous thinking while now having confirmation? Does this not give us a "dimensional attribution" to the scope of our universe? WE are not talking about just one singularity, but many,  that have contributed to the understanding and nature of the universe?

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"Gravoscope combines two distinct views of the Universe. You can explore our Galaxy (the Milky Way) and the distant Universe in a range of wavelengths from gamma-rays to the longest radio waves. Change the wavelength using the slider in the top right of the screen and explore space using your mouse.

Gravoscope also allows you to overlay the projected possible locations of gravitational waves detected by Advanced LIGO. Use the options in the bottom left to turn them on and off. The positions cover large areas of sky because trangulation of gravitational wave signals is very difficult, and the location is only constrained to an area on the sky. The more likely regions are brighter.

Chromoscope is kindly funded by the Cardiff University Astronomy and Astronomy Instrumentation Groups."

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Here is a very nice FAQ about the various bits involved in the measurement of gravtitational waves, and here is an interesting video about the incredible precision required to make the measurements at LIGO and VIRGO.

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Here is a good explanation of the recent multi-messenger observations of a powerful flare from a "well-known blazar (TXS-0506), four billion light years away". In this case, it was high energy neutrinos detected at the south pole by the IceCube neutrino observatory, and also high energy photons detected by both orbital and ground based instruments.

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How’s it going, LIGO?

 Members of the public can use Hey LIGO; they just might be disappointed if they’re looking for the kind of quippy, vocalized replies we’ve come to expect from our digital assistants. Hey LIGO is more likely to spit out links to technical reports and schematics. But for researchers, that’s just fine


By Jordan Rice

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory has a new digital assistant. Symmetry Magazine