The mergers of two compact objects (neutron stars: NS and/or black holes: BH) in a binary system serve as signposts of gravitational wave emission, potential sites of heavy element nucleosynthesis, and laboratories for high-energy astrophysical processes not seen elsewhere in the universe. With the recent onset of the advanced era of gravitational wave detectors, there will soon be an unprecedented rise in the detected rate of these systems. In this talk, I will present observational challenges for this upcoming revolution in transient astrophysics. I will also describe past, ongoing, and future efforts across the electromagnetic spectrum to confront these challenges.
Followed by wine and cheese in Pupin 1332.