A strange blast approximately 200 million light-years away may have been the birth of a black hole, according to findings presented at the American Astronomical Society meeting. Astronomers first thought the blast, dubbed "The Cow" because its official name is AT2018cow, was from a black hole consuming a white dwarf, but "further observations of other wavelengths across the spectrum led to our interpretation that 'The Cow' is actually the formation of an accreting black hole or neutron star," said study lead author Raffaella Margutti.
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