NuStar -- 006

NuStar -- 006

merging neutron stars

Illustration of two merging neutron stars. The rippling space-time grid represents gravitational waves that travel out from the collision, while the narrow beams show the burst 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—these clouds glow with visible and other wavelengths of light.

IMAGE: National Science Foundation/LIGO/Sonoma State University/A. Simonnet