VST image of kilonova in NGC 4993

This image from the VST telescope at ESO's 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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Auðkenni:eso1733m
Útgáfudagur:Okt 16, 2017, 16:00 CEST
Tengdar fréttatilkynningar:eso1733
Stærð:1524 x 1088 px

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Tegund:Local Universe : Galaxy
Early Universe : Star : Type : Variable
Constellation:Hydra
Flokkur:Stars

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Position (RA):13 9 47.71
Position (Dec):-23° 23' 2.39"
Field of view:5.33 x 3.81 arcminutes
Stefna:Norður er -0.0° vinstri frá lóðréttu

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