The telescope "on the volcano" began a "hunt" for the facing neutron stars

The telescope "on the volcano" began a "hunt" for the facing neutron stars

Spain has built a new telescope, which will have a difficult task of detecting neutron stars in their collision, called the Gravityal Wave Optical Transit Observer, and is located on the volcanic Spanish island of La Palma.

The new instrument consists of two black rows of eight cylindrical telescopes connected together, each covering different parts of the sky, rapidly turning both vertically and horizontally.

The neutron stars are one of the most exotic and active objects in the universe, even if technically they are considered dead.

When this happens, stars emit a gravitational wave that distorts space, which is the phenomenon that notices and focuses a new telescope to capture their collision.

The discoveries made with GOTO will help reveal important information about the birth and construction of the universe and the circumstances that made life possible in it. Only last month, astronomers discovered one of the youngest known neutron stars, analysing VLA Sky Survey data.

In the future, scientists will be able to observe the early formation and behaviour of a neutron star, thus learning more about the evolution of dying stars and their surrounding celestial objects.