The Messenger Astronomical News

Report on the ESO Workshop “Planning ESO Observations of Future Gravitational Wave Events”

Authors
  • Leibundgut, Bruno [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Patat, Ferdinando [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]

Section
Astronomical News
Abstract

Understanding the nature and results of black hole and neutron star mergers has become a hot topic in astrophysics. The combination of gravitational wave and electromagnetic observations of GW170817/GRB 170817A has triggered new and exciting science projects. The timeline for observations of gravitational wave events lies between seconds and days, and coordinated observations of electromagnetic radiation are critical when probing the nature of these events. The great success of the observations of GW170817/GRB 170817A from more than 50 observatories has highlighted the importance of coordination between different instruments and facilities. This two-day workshop focused on what has been learned from ESO observations of GW170817/GRB 170817A, and discussed strategies for coordinating observations of future events.


Dates
Created: 2018-06-01/2018-06-30
Length
2 pages

Cite this article:

B. Leibundgut, F. Patat; Report on the ESO Workshop "Planning ESO Observations of Future Gravitational Wave Events". The Messenger 172 (June 2018): 33–34. https://doi.org/10.18727/0722-6691/5079