Workshop: Planning ESO observations of future gravitational wave events

Published: 18 Dec 2017
Several ESO instruments were used to study the kilonova associated with GW170817

ESO Headquarters, Garching, Germany, 31 January–1 February 2018

Understanding the nature and results of black hole and neutron star mergers has become a hot topic in astrophysics. The combination of gravitational wave and electromagnetic observations of GW170817/GRB 170817A have triggered new and interesting science projects. In particular, these observations involved more than 50 observatories and highlight the importance of coordination between different instruments and facilities. The timeline for observations of gravitational wave events spans from seconds to days and coordinated observations of any electromagnetic radiation is critical to obtain relevant information.

This two-day workshop will focus on what has been learned from ESO observations and discuss strategies for coordination of the observations of future events. More details are available on the workshop page or by email.
The registration deadline is 8 January 2018.

Image caption: Wavelength coverage of ESO instruments used to observe the kilonova associated with GW170817.