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Black Hole Devours a Neutron Star, and Scientists Obtain the First Ever View of It

By: April Carson

The first gravitational waves were recorded by LIGO and Virgo Observatories after the merger of a neutron star with a black hole. It is thought that these produced black holes, and the sources of the bursts are located about a billion light-years from the Sun.

Despite the fact that a close pair of a neutron star and a black hole, both detected via electromagnetic radiation and gravitational waves, is still a stumbling block for astronomers.

The scientists are interested not only in the interaction of items in this system, which may be tracked by radio pulses from a pulsar, but also in how they combine. Even more crucial are the characteristics of the resulting compact object.

In the course of electromagnetic observations, 19 double neutron stars have been discovered over the last four decades. In contrast, gravitational wave observatories LIGO and Virgo mostly detect double merging black holes at the same time. Only two events observed in the third observational campaign were potential mergers of a pair of a neutron star and a black hole among all gravitational waves detected.

Gravitational wave observatories allow us to study such events by detecting the gravitational waves emitted during the merger of double compact objects. The new findings on GW170817 made it possible to measure this content for the first time and show that the progenitors of such collisions are double neutron stars in most cases.

To date, gravitational wave observatories detect double neutron star mergers and black hole/neutron star mergers of equal probability. It is extremely rare that we get a full image of one of these events — but that's exactly what happened this time!

In terms of GW190426, the likelihood of a false alarm was very high, and in the case of GW190814, the anticipated mass of a potential neutron star – which was 2.59 solar masses – proved to be far too big.

The merger of a neutron star and a black hole was observed for the first time by astronomers

Two gravitational waves were detected from the merger of a neutron star and a black hole, according to a group of astronomers from the LIGO, Virgo, and KAGRA collaborations led by Richard Abbott of the California Institute of Technology.

On January 5, 2020, one of the LIGOS detectors detected GW200105, and on January 15, 2020, both LIGO detectors and the Virgo detector discovered GW200115.

By reducing the source localization region to a fraction of what it had formerly been, the white noise component was detected. The signal from GW200105 took 931 million years to reach Earth, whereas that from GW200115 took 978 million years.

A black hole with a mass of 8.9 solar masses and a neutron star with a mass of 1.9 solar masses merging to produce the scenario for the outbreak of GW200105 at a confidence level of 90 percent, according to scientists. The black hole had a mass of 5.7 Suns and the neutron star was 1.5 solar masses in the case of GW200115.

The researchers note that the findings are in agreement with theoretical predictions for neutron star and black hole merger events, as well as galactic neutron stars and black hole characteristics. At the same time, such events are expected to occur on average once a month at distances of up to one billion light-years from the Sun.

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