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Astronomy Cast

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May 15, 2023

Astronomy Cast Ep. 681: Kilonovae

by Fraser Cain & Dr. Pamela Gay

Streamed live on May 7, 2023.

In 2017, astronomers detected the gravitational waves and electromagnetic radiation from colliding neutron stars. This had been long theorized as one of the causes of a certain type of gamma-ray burst. By studying the event and its afterglow, astronomers have learned a tremendous amount about the formation of the heaviest elements in the Universe.


This video was made possible by the following Patreon members:

Burry Gowen

Stephen Veit

Jordan Young

Venkatesh Chary

Andrew Poelstra

Brian Cagle

David Truog

Jeanette Wink

Gerhard Schwarzer


THANK YOU! - Fraser and Dr. Pamela