19 October 2017
Gideon Koekoek on astrophysics discovery

Astronomical dream becomes reality

His mouth fell open in surprise, when Gideon Koekoek heard the news two months ago that would proudly be presented to the whole world on Monday, 16 October. The detection of two merging neutron stars, first observed with two telescopes, according to the theoretical physicist, solves a whole range of astronomical, chemical and physical problems in one blow. “This is one of the holy grails of astrophysics”, said the researcher, who has been working at Maastricht University since this summer to set up research on gravitational waves and teach students in the Maastricht Science Programme. According to Koekoek, UM will continue to do a lot for research in this area in the coming years.