Researchers may have witnessed the birth of a black hole

Mallory Locklear
Researchers may have witnessed the birth of a black hole

Researchers believe they might have an explanation for an incredibly bright event that took place in a distant dwarf galaxy. Based on the data collected at the time, a number of researchers now think the event was the creation of either a black hole or a neutron star. Officially called AT2018cow, the object has been nicknamed "The Cow," and if it is indeed a neutron star or a black hole -- both of which can form when a massive star collapses -- it will help scientists understand what exactly takes place when that kind of event occurs.