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Mon Nov 16, 2015

Hunting Gravitational Waves with Multi-Messenger Counterparts: Australia's Role

The first observations by a worldwide network of advanced interferometric gravitational wave detectors offer a unique opportunity for the astronomical community. At design sensitivity, these facilities will be able to detect coalescing binary neutron stars to distances approaching 400 Mpc, and neutron star-black hole systems to 1 Gpc. Eric Howell's paper, recently accepted by the Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, describes how Australian astronomical facilities and collaborations with the gravitational wave community can contribute to this new era of discovery, via contemporaneous follow-up observations from the radio to the optical and high energy. The preprint is now available at arXiv:1511.02959

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