VIMOS image of galaxy NGC 4993 showing the visible-light counterpart to a merging neutron star pair

This image from the VIMOS instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope at the Paranal Observatory in Chile shows the galaxy NGC 4993, about 130 million light-years from Earth. The galaxy is not itself unusual, but it contains something never before witnessed, the aftermath of the explosion of a pair of merging neutron stars, a rare event called a kilonova (seen just above and slightly to the left of the centre of the galaxy). This merger also produced gravitational waves and gamma rays, both of which were detected by LIGO-Virgo and Fermi/INTEGRAL respectively.

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ESO/A.J. Levan, N.R. Tanvir

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Auðkenni:eso1733b
Tegund:Athuganir
Útgáfudagur:Okt 16, 2017, 16:00 CEST
Tengdar fréttatilkynningar:eso1733
Stærð:2211 x 1665 px

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Nafn:NGC 4993
Tegund:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Elliptical
Constellation:Hydra
Flokkur:Galaxies

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Position (RA):13 9 47.63
Position (Dec):-23° 23' 2.08"
Field of view:7.61 x 5.73 arcminutes
Stefna:Norður er 0.1° højre frá lóðréttu

Litir og síur

TíðnisviðBylgjulengdSjónauki
Sýnilegt
U
370 nmVery Large Telescope
VIMOS
Sýnilegt
R
646 nmVery Large Telescope
VIMOS
Sýnilegt
Z
935 nmVery Large Telescope
VIMOS

 

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