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Scientists might have witnessed the formation of a black hole for the first time. Back in June scientists spotted an unusually bright flare-up that they now think could have been a black hole or neutron star at the moment of its creation. 

The bright glow was spotted about 200 million light-years away in the Hercules constellation, by the ATLAS survey's twin telescopes in Hawaii. The unusual event mystified scientists who witnessed it. 

The flare was nicknamed “The Cow” and disappeared almost as quickly as it surfaced. After comparing data from different sources, scientists are now confident that what they saw was the exact moment that a star collapsed into a compact object, forming a black hole or a neutron star.

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Category: Science