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Scientists see gravitational waves in space for first time

NASA photo

Two neutron stars collided and NASA scientists were able to see gravitational waves for the first time.

Posted: Nov. 20, 2017 9:37 PM

NASA scientists at the Marshall Space Flight Center shared an exciting discovery Monday at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

A NASA produced video showed what the event might have looked like.

Two neutron stars collided 130 million light years away from Earth creating a gama-ray burst of energy.

That event alone isn't special, but what makes this unique is that scientists were also able to see waves in gravity that the two colliding stars created in space.

"It was a special event. The first of its kind. Kind of an opening of a new area of science. My colleague has referred to it as, like we were watching silent movies and we turned on the sound, so we have a whole new dimension that we can study the universe in now," said Colleen Wilson-Hodge who is the Lead Investigator of the The Gamma-ray Burst Monitor at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.

Wilson-Hodge said they want to use this event as a way to excite people about science and to get them interested in technical fields.

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