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Gravitational Waves & Multi-Messenger Astronomy

Gravitational Wave Data Analysis, Black Hole & Neutron Star Mergers, Gravitational Wave Sources & Their Electromagnetic Counterparts

Image Credit: NSF/LIGO/Sonoma State University/A. Simonnet

The discovery of gravitational waves with LIGO opened a whole new window into the Cosmos. Previously ‘dark’ phenomena such as black hole mergers, which emit no light, can now be studied using the gravitational waves they emit. Some phenomena, including neutron star mergers, send us multiple ‘messengers’ – photons (light), gravitational waves, or neutrinos. Using combinations of these messengers to study the Cosmos, called multi-messenger astronomy, is revolutionizing our view of the universe.


High School Summer Research Experience in Astronomy at Northwestern

Deadline: 11:59pm, May 31, 2019

CIERA is pleased to announce the Summer Research Experience in Astronomy at Northwestern for high school students during Summer 2019. This highly-interactive, small-cohort program provides exposure to real astronomy research experiences in an atmosphere of team-style learning, hands-on training, and individual mentorship and advising. Students enrolled in the research experience program will take computer programming



Core Astronomy Faculty