Hearing the Thunder and Seeing the Lightning: A Gravitational Wave Detection of Colliding Neutron Stars
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Kavli Auditorium, 2575 Sand Hill Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025
On August 17, 2017 the LIGO/Virgo detectors heard the gravitational-wave chirp from a pair of colliding neutron stars. This was accompanied by a burst of energetic gamma rays. Twelve hours later, a new “star” appeared on the sky, only to disappear over the ensuing two weeks.