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Neutron Star merger  
On October 17th the LIGO and Virgo collaborations announced the first detection of gravitational waves produced by colliding neutron stars. See the LIGO here.

The first detection of gravitaonal waves from the merger of two neutron stars was accompanied by optical and radio counterparts that revealed the producion of very heavy elements (such as gold) during the merger. These observasions conirmed the prediction of neutron star mergers as the site of rapid synthesis of heavy elements made by Jim Lattimer and his advisor, David N. Schramm, in 1974.


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