The Gravitational Wave Chase

Two weeks that changed astronomy

August 17, 2017 marked a revolutionary day for astronomy. Gravitational waves from a neutron star merger were detected for the first time. Scientists around the world and 70 observatories immediately began to look for the source, knowing the time in which to do this was ticking away quickly. And thanks to the ensuing international relay from time zone to time zone, images of light from a neutron star merger that generated gravitational waves were captured for the first time in history. This, in turn, yielded scientific breakthroughs in determining the origin of gold and platinum. This program faithfully recreates the scientists' life-altering two weeks.