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Update on Neutron Star Smash-Up: Jet Hits a Roadblock

New radio observations provide additional evidence supporting the "cocoon model" for the neutron star merger GW170817 that took place on Aug 17. The model, originally proposed by the GROWTH team explains the electromagnetic data for GW170817 captured by many telescopes around the world across multiple wavelengths.

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Caltech-led LIGO and astronomy teams strike gold

Caltech-led GROWTH observations in the infrared, X-ray, ultraviolet, and radio waves of the historic GW170817 event when two neutron stars collided and merged into one provide the first concrete proof that such smashups are the birthplace of half of the universe's elements heavier than iron, including gold and platinum.

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Star Sleuth

An engaging interview about the life and work of GROWTH Principal investigator and Caltech assistant professor Mansi Kasliwal in this feature story published in the latest issue of the Caltech magazine.

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Dear supernova, what exactly are you?

A peculiar object flashed in the sky in the summer on 2016. The urge to find out what it was, took GROWTH summer student Lindsey Whitesides down a rabbit hole and into the strange and fascinating world of stellar explosions.

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Chasing Cosmic Explosions with GROWTH

GROWTH students and postdocs at the Palomar Observatory in California joined remotely a large audience in the Nehru Planetarium in Mumbai, India to give them a glimpse of what real astronomers do during an interactive presentation led by GROWTH co-investigator Varun Bhalerao.


Are novae dusty cosmic cataclysms?

An award by the Research Association for Science Advancement will boost the exploration of the uncharted infrared transient sky and look for answers to puzzling questions like "Can dust exists around novae?"

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The sky is the lower limit!

We interview GROWTH co-investigator Varun Bhalerao who recently joined the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay as a faculty member. We ask him about astrophysics, the journey from PhD to faculty and little treats that will make his daily work a bit more enjoyable. Yes, Mumbai street food!

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GROWTH is funded by the National Science Foundation under Grant No 1545949. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.