Gamma Ray Burst observation signals confirmation of Theory
Article over on Space.com
Astronomers photographed a cosmic event this morning which they believe is the birth of a black hole, SPACE.com has learned.
A faint visible-light flash likely heralds the merger of two dense neutron stars to create a relatively low-mass black hole, said Neil Gehrels of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. It is the first time an optical counterpart to a very short-duration gamma-ray burst has ever been detected.
It looks like this has been caused by the collision of two neutron stars – which together would have enough mass to cause the creation of an external event horizon. In other words, a black hole has just been born. If it verifies, this will explicitly confirm the commonly held understanding of the origin of Gamma Ray Bursters.