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LIGO-Virgo Network Catches Another Neutron Star Collision
01/06/2020

LIGO-Virgo Network Catches Another Neutron Star Collision

Whitney Clavin
A pair of neutron stars has been found with an unusually high mass
Artwork of the neutron star merger
Decade of Discovery
12/19/2019

Decade of Discovery

As December winds down, we mark not just the end of another year of discovery at Caltech but the conclusion of a decade of remarkable accomplishments and research breakthroughs.
collage image for decade in review story
KAGRA to Join LIGO and Virgo in Hunt for Gravitational Waves
10/04/2019

KAGRA to Join LIGO and Virgo in Hunt for Gravitational Waves

Whitney Clavin
KAGRA, LIGO, and Virgo will team up to detect gravitational waves.
Photos of KAGRA, LIGO, and Virgo.
Gravitational-wave Harmony
08/20/2019

Gravitational-wave Harmony

Whitney Clavin
Summer student Mahlet Shiferaw is studying higher-order modes of gravitational waves
Mahlet Shiferaw
LIGO and Virgo Detect Neutron Star Smashups
05/02/2019

LIGO and Virgo Detect Neutron Star Smashups

Whitney Clavin
The triple detectors of LIGO and Virgo have spotted five new gravitational-wave signals since turning back on.
Artwork of neutron stars.
LIGO and Virgo Resume Search for Ripples in Space and Time
03/26/2019

LIGO and Virgo Resume Search for Ripples in Space and Time

Whitney Clavin
The hunt continues for extreme events in the cosmos, such as collisions between black holes.
Engineers working on LIGO upgrades
LIGO Receives New Funding to Search for Cosmic Events
02/14/2019

LIGO Receives New Funding to Search for Cosmic Events

Whitney Clavin
The NSF is awarding Caltech and MIT $20.4 million to upgrade LIGO, with additional funding coming from the United Kingdom and Australia.
Engineers installing Advanced LIGO upgrades.
Black Hole Smash-Ups
01/24/2019

Black Hole Smash-Ups

Whitney Clavin
Using machine-learning programs, physicists have created a precise model for the end state of black hole collisions.
simulated picture of two merging black holes
Dying Star Emits a Whisper
10/11/2018

Dying Star Emits a Whisper

Lorinda Dajose
The unexpectedly gentle death of a massive star suggests that it was being robbed by a dense companion lurking out of sight.
Three panels illustrating the life of a supernova
Jet of Near Light Speed Material Observed
09/05/2018

Jet of Near Light Speed Material Observed

Elise Cutts
An international team of researchers, including two Caltech scientists, observed a superfast jet of material from a neutron star collision.
Artist's impression of neutron star merger
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