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    1. Detect another big BH merger
    2. Get Nobel prize
    3. ????
    4. Profit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Alexander View Post
    1. Detect another big BH merger
    2. Get Nobel prize
    3. ????
    4. Profit!
    Given that the Nobel Prize includes a pretty substantial monetary award, I'm not sure that the third unknown step is really necessary in this particular case.
    Conserve energy. Commute with the Hamiltonian.

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    You just wait. :P

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    Space.com: Gravitational-Wave Announcement Coming on Oct. 16: What Could It Be?

    It seems very possible that the announcement will be one of four things:

    • LIGO has detected another pair of merging black holes (the least likely possibility, based on Weiss' comments).
    • It has detected gravitational waves coming from something other than black holes (most likely neutron stars).
    • Scientists have pinpointed the source of one of those previously detected black-hole collisions by identifying an associated light signal.
    • LIGO has found two merging neutron stars and also identified their source location.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grey View Post
    Given that the Nobel Prize includes a pretty substantial monetary award, I'm not sure that the third unknown step is really necessary in this particular case.
    What a Nobel prize does not have is any form of attachment. No way to wear it.

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    I'll place a wager that the big news is merging neutron stars in NGC 4993, with initial discovery by LIGO and then a counterpart identified in the electromagnetic spectrum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Alexander View Post
    I assume these are outside LIGO's observable frequency range, which is why we need eLISA?
    SMBH mergers: way higher frequency.

    This is a helpful diagram I just rediscovered for the speed of gravitational waves thread: Caltech: Gravitational Wave Spectrum. It shows the difference between LISA sensitivity and LIGO, and likely event types. Text there estimates SMBH binaries at 1/year, optimistically.
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    You mean lower frequency: milliHertz.

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    Monday, 2017 October 16, 2:00 pm UTC, 10:00 am EDT, 7:00 am PDT.

    Science Alert: There's Another Big Gravitational Wave Announcement on The Way

    Representatives from 70 other observatories around the world will be at the event, and simultaneous briefings will also be taking place in London and Munich.

    There will be two separate panel discussions at the main event, too. The first panel consists of directors and spokespersons from LIGO, Virgo and NASA.

    The second panel includes people like David Sand, Nial Tanvir, Eleonora Troja and Andy Howell, who have all performed research into supernovas, and Marcelle Soares-Santos, who is pioneering the Dark Energy Survey's search for an optical counterpart to gravitational wave events.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Alexander View Post
    You mean lower frequency: milliHertz.
    Yep. I was reading wavelength and writing frequency. Sorry.
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    I knew Nial was going to be there, but Nora too!

    Haha, this is so cool! I know these people personally.

    Looking forward to the press conference!

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    Rumor rumble over, until the next. It was a neutron-star merger, August 17, detected by 70 observatories, on all continents, throughout the electromagnetic spectrum. Within seconds.

    See topic LIGO/VIRGO: Neutron star coalescence
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    Wait, WTF, there is one single post one this??????????????

    I thought there would be pages of discussion already...

    Anyway, now I have at least 37 papers to read. :|

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Alexander View Post
    Wait, WTF, there is one single post one this??????????????

    I thought there would be pages of discussion already...

    Anyway, now I have at least 37 papers to read. :|
    No, 01101001 linked to entire thread on it.
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    This is absolutely fantastic news and exceeds all expectations as far as I'm concerned!

    Congratulations LIGO/VIRGO for a job better than well done!

    As an aside, I've been waging a battle (elsewhere) with an EU advocate for almost two years now about LIGO's detection capabilities and this just put a nail well-and-truly into his coffin. The individual is very anti-science vocal across the web, (he's an inagural Phil 'bannee') and is responsible for leading many, many science-curious folk astray.

    Well done LIGO .. very impressive!

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    Quote Originally Posted by StupendousMan View Post
    I'll place a wager that the big news is merging neutron stars in NGC 4993, with initial discovery by LIGO and then a counterpart identified in the electromagnetic spectrum.
    Cheers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    No, 01101001 linked to entire thread on it.
    And that thread is LIGO/VIRGO: Neutron star coalescence

    Here's the press conference on Youtube, with two panels and Q&A, cleaned up a bit.
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