Could We Live Without Kilonovae?

It’s a classic statement shared at many public outreach events…’we are made of stardust’. It is true enough that the…

5 months ago

How Dangerous are Kilonovae?

Neutron stars' collisions create powerful explosions, a type of gamma-ray burst known as a kilonova. What would it be like…

6 months ago

JWST Confirms the Formation of Heavy Elements in a Kilonova

A recent study published in Nature investigates recent observations from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and ground-based telescopes of…

9 months ago

How Close is Too Close to a Kilonova?

Cataclysmic events happen in the Universe all the time. Black hole mergers, supernovae, gamma-ray bursts, and a whole host of…

9 months ago

A Kilonova Simulated in 3D

In 2017, astronomers detected gravitational waves from colliding neutron stars for the first time: a kilonova. Enormous amounts of heavy…

9 months ago

Colliding Neutron Stars Could Help Measure the Expansion of the Universe

A new study presents a novel and independent method for measuring cosmic expansion using kilonova

10 months ago

The Expanding Debris Cloud From the Kilonova Tells the Story of What Happens When Neutron Stars Collide

When two neutron stars collide, it creates a kilonova. The event causes both gravitational waves and emissions of electromagnetic energy.…

2 years ago

New Simulation Shows Exactly What’s Happening as Neutron Stars Merge

Neutron stars are the remnants of massive stars that explode as supernovae at the end of their fusion lives. They're…

4 years ago

It’s still possible to detect the site of the 2017 kilonova explosion

It's been over a thousand days since the historic kilonova observation, and yet the region continues to emit X-rays, long…

4 years ago

Astronomers See Strontium in the Kilonova Wreckage, Proof that Neutron Star Collisions Manufacture Heavy Elements in the Universe

Astronomers have spotted Strontium in the aftermath of a collision between two neutron stars. This is the first time a…

5 years ago