Virgo helps localise gravitational-wave signals

Sky localisations of gravitational-wave signals detected by LIGO beginning in 2015 (GW150914, LVT151012, GW151226, GW170104), and, more recently, by the LIGO-Virgo network (GW170814, GW170817). After Virgo came online in August 2017, scientists were better able to localize the gravitational-wave signals. The background is an optical image of the Milky Way. The localizations of GW150914, LVT151012, and GW170104 wrap all the way around the celestial sphere, so the sky map is shown as mapped onto a translucent dome.

Credit:

LIGO/Virgo/NASA/Leo Singer/Axel Mellinger

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