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For the first time, scientists have directly detected gravitational waves – ripples in space-time – in addition to light from the spectacular collision of two neutron stars. This marks the first time that a cosmic event has been viewed in both gravitational waves and light. Learn more about this discovery: http://news.mit.edu/2017/ligo-virgo-first-detection-gravitational-waves-colliding-neutron-stars-1016)

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Animation: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/CI Lab

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