Astronomy graduate student participates in unprecedented observation of neutron star collision

A UVic doctoral student visiting an observatory in Chile unexpectedly became a participant in the observation of the first recorded gravitational wave signature caused by a neutron star collision – a discovery that is transformational to our understanding of the universe.

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Higgs is an author on two papers released on the observation in Science: Light curves of the neutron star merger GW170817/SSS17a: Implications for r-process nucleosynthesis and Early spectra of the gravitational wave source GW170817: Evolution of a neutron star merger.

Read the LIGO release.