[ExI] New LIGO rumor

John Clark johnkclark at gmail.com
Sat Aug 26 15:05:17 UTC 2017

More interesting tidbits. NASA’s Chandra X-ray observatory saw a Short
Gamma Ray Burst coming from NGC 4993 on August 19, and on August 22 the
Hubble Space Telescope
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schedule and decided to point their telescope at
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NGC 4993,
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gave as the reason for this change in planes "follow up on a candidate
observation of gravitational waves".
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The European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope
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and the top radio telescope in the world, the Atacama Large
Millimeter/submillimeter Array Chile
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also stopped what they were doing and turned to look at
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NGC 4993 on August 19.

​And late yesterday LIGO issued ​another official statement about all this:

*“Some promising gravitational-wave candidates have been identified in data
from both LIGO and Virgo during our preliminary analysis, and we have
shared what we currently know with astronomical observing partners. We are
working hard to assure that the candidates are valid gravitational-wave
events, and it will require time to establish the level of confidence
needed to bring any results to the scientific community and the greater
public. We will let you know as soon we have information ready to share.”*

*​John K Clark​*
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