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The dawn of multi-messenger astronomy

  • Date November 8, 2017
  • Hour 3 pm
  • Room GSSI Main Lecture Hall
  • Speaker Marica Branchesi (GSSI)

ABSTRACT

The recent observations of gravitational waves by the Advanced LIGO and Virgo network have opened a new window of exploration to the Universe. The first discovery of gravitational waves and all the colors of the light from the coalescence of a binary neutron-star merger unveiled long-standing open mysteries, starting from what are the progenitors of short gamma-ray bursts to where and how the heavy elements form in the Universe. The talk will describe the largest ever multi-messenger campaign, its amazing results, and the new open mysteries.