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Viewing: Neutron Star Discovery

"There is a gold mine of science to come," CSUF astrophysicist Jocelyn Read told audience members at a campus public lecture Oct. 16, the same day CSUF and other scientists across the globe made the groundbreaking announcement of the spectacular detection of gravitational waves from colliding neutron stars. Read, assistant professor of physics, and Joshua Smith, associate professor of physics and Dan Black Director of Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astronomy, whose research efforts contributed to the detection, announced the latest scientific finding in gravitational-wave astronomy and also gave an afternoon public lecture. The pair gave a glimpse into the science behind the first-ever detection and how the two identical LIGO detectors in the U.S., and a third detector in Italy, made the history-making observation of the binary neutron star merger. Read more about the detection here: