The journal Science has named the collision of two neutron stars the most important scientific discovery of the year.
The massive collision of two neutron stars that was observed this summer has been chosen as Science as the biggest discovery of the year. The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory and two other observatories detected gravitational waves, the first time they had ever been observed from a neutron star collision.
Scientists previously observed the ripples in space-time known as gravitational waves from the merger of two black holes, but not neutron stars. A neutron star collision is different from a black hole merger in that the latter doesn’t give off any light whatsoever, meaning we could observed the collision with telescopes.
It was an incredible discovery that opens up doors and unveils new opportunities to expand our knowledge of physics and the universe in general. Further observations could help scientists better understand what these gravitational waves are.