Scientists Discover Likely Collision Between Neutron Star And Black Hole

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For the first time, scientists may have seen a black hole swallow up a neutron star. The two massive objects have never before been observed together.

The scientists, who are based out of LIGO — a gravitational wave observatory at MIT — and Virgo — also captured what looks like a crash between two neutron stars.

These two discoveries may offer clues about the physics behind what happens when stars die and merge with each other.


Monica Young, news editor for Sky and Telescope Magazine. She tweets @starsandspice.

This article was originally published on May 02, 2019.

This segment aired on May 2, 2019.

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