Our team, the One-Meter, Two-Hemisphere (1M2H) Collaboration, composed by students and researchers at UC Santa Cruz, Carnegie Observatories and UC Berkeley made the discovery of the optical counterpart of the neutron star merger detected by LIGO on August 17, 2017.
When we determined the exact localization of the gravitational wave source, the majority of telescopes and observatories in the world turned to those coordinates and started observing this unique event (unique at least for now).
You can check our discovery paper, published in Science:
You can check UCSC’s group members in here.
In Costa Rica, my home country, the public has been very excited to know that a fellow costa rican has been involved in this gravitational/electromagnetic wave breakthrough discovery.
Several media interviewed me (in Spanish) regarding the LIGO/VIRGO discovery, our discovery, my experience, etc.
An article published in La Nación, Costa Rica’s main newspaper, can be found here.
A popular radio show, Nuestra Voz, interviewed me live (was I nervous!). You can listen to the audio here (starts at minute 10), and read their article here.