Cosmoview Episode 61: First Kilonova Progenitor System Identified

Astronomers using data from the SMARTS 1.5-meter Telescope at  the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO), a Program of NSF's NOIRLab, have made the first confirmed detection of a star system that will one day form a kilonova — the ultra-powerful, gold-producing explosion created by merging neutron stars. These systems are so phenomenally rare that only about 10 such systems are thought to exist in the entire Milky Way. 


Images and Videos: CTIO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA, Fermilab, T. Puzia (PUC), J. da Silva/Spaceengine/M. Zamani, P. Marenfeld, N. Bartmann
Music: Stellardrone - In Time


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Release date:Feb. 1, 2023, 9 a.m.
Related releases:noirlab2303
Duration:01 m 28 s
Frame rate:29.97

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