LIGO's Observation of Colliding Neutron Stars Is Science Magazine's 2017 Breakthrough of the Year

Science has selected the observation of a binary neutron star merger by LIGO and Virgo as the 2017 Breakthrough of the Year. The award citation reads:
Whereas the [previously discovered] colliding black holes emitted nothing but gravitational energy, the neutron-star smashup put on a light show that was studied by more than 70 observatories. "The amount of information we have been able to extract with one event blows my mind," says Laura Cadonati, a physicist at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and deputy spokesperson for the LIGO team.

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