Scientific teams behind the discovery of gravitational waves, which recently earned three of their leading researchers the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics, will today present more ground-breaking results of their work.
For the first time, scientists have directly detected gravitational waves — ripples in space and time — in addition to light from the spectacular collision of two neutron stars. This marks the first time that a cosmic event has been viewed in both gravitational waves and light.
The discovery was made thanks to the collaboration of the LIGO observatory in the US, the Virgo detector in Italy, and other facilities including the European Southern Observatory (ESO).
The GraWIToN project contributed to the discovery. It is funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (with €3.7 million) that provide grants for all stages of researchers' careers and encourage transnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility.