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Huge asymmetric exploding space cow!

15 Jan 2019, 14:00 UTC
Huge asymmetric exploding space cow! R. Margutti/W. M. Keck Observatory

Last year, astronomers saw a really weird flash of light in the sky. About all anyone can agree on is that it was an extremely big explosion seen from very far away, but other than that there are as many explanations as there are observations. Something catastrophic happened in a distant galaxy, but what?

I love stuff like this. A mystery is afoot! Watson! To the telescope!

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