Dance of the Heavyweights (image) Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Share Print E-Mail Caption Dance of the heavyweights: two neutron stars orbit each other, spiralling ever closer together, radiating gravitational waves in the process. Astrophysicists have long been theorizing that neutron stars, the cores of burnt-out, massive suns, could create gamma rays burst. The image of the real event GW170817 comes from a numerical-relativistic simulation. Credit Numerical Relativity Simulation: T. Dietrich (Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics) and the BAM collaboration; Scientific Visualization: T. Dietrich, S. Ossokine, H. Pfeiffer, A. Buonanno (Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics) Usage Restrictions Use of images is limited to editorial coverage of scientific topics relating to the activities of the Max Planck Society. Any kind of commercial use (including, in particular, the exploitation of images by means of sale or incorporation in image databases or image catalogues) as well as any promotional use/use for merchandise purposes, disclosure to third parties or granting of related rights to third parties is expressly not permitted. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.