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Gravitational waves vs. StarTrack code

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Message 1074 - Posted: 19 Feb 2016, 15:09:26 UTC

You have probably heard about the outstanding discovery of gravitational waves announced a week ago (e.g., http://www.nature.com/news/einstein-s-gravitational-waves-found-at-last-1.19361). It is a milestone in our understanding of the Nature. Universe@Home was not involved directly in the detection, but it is relevant to highlight, that already in year 2010, prof. Belczyński predicted, that the first gravitational waves observation will involve a double black hole merger, whereas most of the scientists claimed that it will concern a merger of neutron stars. The original paper can be found here: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2010ApJ...715L.138B.

Please observe that prof. Belczyński used then the same StarTrack code that we are using in the Universe@Home project! Of course, now we have a bit updated version. Therefore, the recent discovery proved the reliability of our methods!

If you like to learn more about gravitational waves, I recommend a thorough but comprehensible introduction by the discoverers http://www.ligo.org/science.php.
Grzegorz Wiktorowicz
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University of Warsaw
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Message 1075 - Posted: 19 Feb 2016, 19:33:42 UTC - in response to Message 1074.  

This project, and the accompanying work, is very timely and relevant. Thanks for the update.
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