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For Astronomers, a Neutron Star Merger Could Eclipse the Eclipse

Neutron star merger

The merging of two neutron stars is expected produce both gravitational waves and a burst of gamma rays, as depicted in this NASA animation.

Credit: NASA

Late last week, as some staff astronomers embarked on trips to see Monday's solar eclipse, two of NASA's space-based observatories—Hubble and Chandra X-ray—and at least two land-based telescopes scrambled to capture a far more explosive event.

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