This week we had a celebrity in our studio. Not a comedian or an actor or a musician, but an astronomer. Have you heard of a little thing called the neutron star collision? It's been declared the biggest scientific discovery of the year, and Dr. Maria Drout and her team were behind the breakthrough.
Dr. Drout told Today Online, "It started in a galaxy called NGC 4993, seen from Earth in the Hydra constellation. Two neutron stars, collapsed cores of stars so dense that a teaspoon of their matter would weigh 1 billion tons, danced ever faster and closer together until they collided." The crash, explained the paper, "created a fierce burst of gamma rays and a gravitational a faint ripple in the fabric of space and time, first theorized by Albert Einstein." And Dr. Drout was able to prove it happened.