n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - News Notes - SAAO observes the first optical counterpart of a Gravitational Wave source

Volume 77 Number 1-2
  • ISSN : 0024-8266


Following on from the major global announcement in October 2016 on the discovery of the first electromagnetic counterpart of a gravitational wave source, named GW170817, a new paper has just been published on observations undertaken at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), which are compared to the latest model predictions. On 16 October 2016 the SAAO, together with many other observatories worldwide, announced the important discovery of the first gravitational wave source counterpart [1]. The preliminary results from the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) and other telescopes at the SAAO were featured in a number of multi-institutional investigations utilizing a range of global facilities.

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