Former OKC postdoc, Giorgos Leloudas, along with OKC co-investigators suggests a new interpretation for an event which was previously classified as the most luminous supernova ever seen. They argue that the event is a star being ripped apart by the supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy.
Black holes leave their marks all over the observed universe. They do however also inspire new and exciting ideas about space and time itself, both in the micro-cosmos and on the large scales of the universe.
It seems that nearly exactly 100 years after their prediction by Albert Einstein, Gravitational Waves have finally been directly detected for the first time. Speakers of the LIGO experiment announced yesterday that they have witnessed the final stages of the inspiral and merger of a massive black hole binary system. This marks the beginning of a new type of astronomy with gravitational waves that allows to explore a so-far completely unknown side of the Universe.
On April 27th this year, an e-mail alert was sent around signifying the detection of yet another GRB. Yet this event was like no other challenging all our models.