Press Releases & Media Coverage

Video of Press Conference:

Watch Ryan Foley tell the story of how his team found the neutron star merger in the video below.

Press releases:

UC Santa Cruz Press Release

UC Berkeley Press Release

Carnegie Institution of Science Press Release

LIGO Collaboration Press Release

National Science Foundation Press Release

Media coverage:

The Atlantic - The Slack Chat That Changed Astronomy

Washington Post - Scientists detect gravitational waves from a new kind of nova, sparking a new era in astronomy

New York Times - LIGO Detects Fierce Collision of Neutron Stars for the First Time

Science - Merging neutron stars generate gravitational waves and a celestial light show

CBS News - Gravitational waves – and light – seen in neutron star collision

CBC News - Astronomers see source of gravitational waves for 1st time

San Jose Mercury News - A bright light seen across the universe, proving Einstein right

Popular Science - Gravitational waves just showed us something even cooler than black holes

Scientific American - Gravitational Wave Astronomers Hit Mother Lode

Nature - Colliding stars spark rush to solve cosmic mysteries

National Geographic - In a First, Gravitational Waves Linked to Neutron Star Crash

Associated Press - Astronomers witness huge cosmic crash, find origins of gold

Science News - Neutron star collision showers the universe with a wealth of discoveries

In this report

  • Neutron stars A team from UC Santa Cruz was the first to observe the light from a neutron star merger that took place on August 17, 2017 and was detected by the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO)
  • Youth power Graduate students and post-doctoral scholars at UC Santa Cruz played key roles in the dramatic discovery and analysis of colliding neutron stars
  • Published research Scientific papers from the 1M2H collaboration
  • Media coverage Links to additional press coverage of this story
  • Photos & video High-resolution photos, graphics and videos related to the 1M2H collaboration
  • UCSC press release First observations of merging neutron stars mark a new era in astronomy