“Dark Hearts of the Cosmos” –Dazzling New Mergers of Black Holes and Neutron Stars Announced

 

Black Holes in Globular Clusters

 

Gravitational-wave researchers increasingly think that globular clusters, dazzling, celestial “snow globes” populated with hundreds of thousands of closely packed stars, harbor dark “hearts,” loaded with dozens to even hundreds of black holes–by far the greatest concentration of these exotic objects found anywhere in the universe.

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“Galactic Motherload” –Gigantic Kilonova Eruptions Seed the Universe With Silver, Gold and Platinum

 

 

On October 16, 2017, an international group of astronomers and physicists excitedly reported the first simultaneous detection of light and gravitational waves from the same source–a merger of two neutron stars. Now, a team that includes several University of Maryland astronomers has identified a direct relative of that historic event.

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