Astronomers Feast on First Light From Gravitational Wave Event

The image sequence above shows infrared imaging from the FLAMINGOS-2 imager and spectrograph for a period of over two weeks. The top row features images in the h-band, a shorter (bluer) wavelength of infrared light. The bottom row focuses mostly on k-band images, which are longer (redder) wavelengths of light. This sequence reveals how the object became redder as it faded from view.

Credit:

Gemini Observatory/NSF/AURA/Edo Berger (Harvard), Peter Blanchard (Harvard), Ryan Chornock (Ohio University), Leo Singer (NASA), Mansi Kasliwal (Caltech), Ryan Lau (Caltech) and the GROWTH collaboration, Travis Rector (University of Alaska), Jennifer Miller (Gemini Observatory)

About the Image

Id:gemini1708a
Type:Collage
Release date:Oct. 16, 2017
Related releases:gemini1708
Related announcements:ann20022
Size:2653 x 1730 px

About the Object

Name:GrW 170817
Category:Cosmology

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