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New telescope designed for spotting optical signals from gravitational waves

Researchers have launched Gravitational-wave Optical Transient telescope for detecting optical signals present in the gravitational waves of the Earth's surface.

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New telescope designed for spotting optical signals from gravitational waves

Optical signals have the origin from millions of photons. Detecting the optical signals from the Earth’s gravitational waves was a great challenge for the researchers. But after a long struggle, scientists from the University of Sheffield they have successfully designed the Gravitational-wave Optical Transient (GOTO) telescope that detects the optical signals from the gravitational waves of the Earth.

Other institutes like the University of Monash, National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand and Warwick University were also involved in the design and launch of the satellite holding the telescope. The event was held in Canary Islands of La Palma in which scientists inaugurated the telescope. La Palma is one of the largest sites to observe the heavenly bodies in the space. It gives out less polluted particles that allow astronomers to get the clear sight of the space.

GOTO will closely observe the actions and events of the space. The major goal of GOTO will be to identify these signals as early as possible before these waves disappear. Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (Adv-LIGO) detects the optical signals from the gravitational waves and further these waves are analyzed by the telescope launched in the space.

The gravitational waves are generated by the huge bodies that surround the Earth surface including neutron star and the black holes. These bodies merge with each other at a very high speed that creates the gravitational waves.

These waves travel at the speed of light that gives a hint to the astronomers about from which heavenly bodies they have emerged from. The greatest challenge of the astronomers today is to find out the mystery behind the optical light that is obtained from these gravitational waves.

According to Dr. Danny Steeghs, GOTO will be their major throw towards identifying the optical signatures from the gravitational ripples.  The telescope will provide scientists with many methodical openings to explore the space in future. It is definitely going to rock the space.

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