March 8: Neutron Stars and Gravitational Waves

Science for the Public: Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations
March 08, 2021 Zoom recording by Belmont Media Center, Belmont MA

Edo Berger, Ph.D., Professor of Astronomy, Harvard University; Science Advisor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; Distinguished Visiting Research Chair, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.

The detection in 2017 of gravitational waves created by the collision of two neutron stars is a major resource for astronomers. Dr. Berger discusses the wealth of information from this event: the confirmation of Einstein’s predicted gravitational waves; new insights about the structure of neutron stars; and the accuracy of Hubble’s Constant.