Gravitational Waves from Colliding Neutron Stars (or where do heavy elements like gold come from)

Professor Bob Benjamin, Physics Dept., will talk about “The First Detection of Gravitational Waves from Colliding Neutron Stars: When an Irresistable Force Meets an Unmovable Object” at 7 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 20, in Upham Hall 140. Come to hear about how astronomers came to discover neutron stars, to predict that such mergers should happen, their unsolved mysteries, and what we have learned recently.

You can learn more about related topics with Andersen Library! See, for example, “Gravitational waves: Whispers of neutron stars and the big bang” in the book Secrets of the universe: How we discovered the cosmos (3rd-floor Main Collection, QB982 .M87 2009; summary at Google Books), articles such as “Wolf–Rayet stars, black holes and the first detected gravitational wave source” (New Astronomy, 2018, vol.58, 33-46,, and news sources announcing the recent observation of colliding neutron stars a few days ago, such as the audio and transcript from “Astronomers Strike Gravitational Gold In Colliding Neutron Stars,” heard on NPR’s All Things Considered on Oct. 16, 2017.

If you’d like assistance with finding additional information, please ask a librarian (choose chat or email, phone 262-472-1032, or visit the Reference Desk).

About Barbara

I am a Reference & Instruction librarian, head of that department in Andersen Library, an associate professor, and a member of the General Education Review Committee and Faculty Senate. I've been working at UW-W since July 1, 1990.
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