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The Cosmic Mystery Tour$
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Nicholas Mee

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198831860

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198831860.001.0001

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Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster

Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster

(p.132) Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster
The Cosmic Mystery Tour

Nicholas Mee

Oxford University Press

The sources of short gamma ray bursts (GRBs) have been identified with neutron star merger events. Hulse and Taylor discovered the first binary neutron star in 1974. By monitoring the pulsar in this system the orbital characteristics of the system have been determined with great accuracy. This has led to tests of general relativity, including the first confirmation of the existence of gravitational waves. The emission of this radiation is gradually bringing the two neutron stars together. They will collide and merge in about 300 million years.

Keywords:   binary neutron star, gamma ray burst, GRB, gravitational waves, Hulse and Taylor, pulsar, general relativity

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