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Cosmic fireball sheds light on source of gravitational waves

Colliding neutron stars have confirmed theories about gamma-ray bursts and the origin of gold and other heavy elements in the universe. Michael Lucy reports.

while the narrow beams show the bursts of gamma rays that are shot out just seconds after the gravitational waves. Swirling clouds of material ejected from the merging stars are also depicted. The clouds glow with visible and other wavelengths of light.
while the narrow beams show the bursts of gamma rays that are shot out just seconds after the gravitational waves. Swirling clouds of material ejected from the merging stars are also depicted. The clouds glow with visible and other wavelengths of light.