“For many astronomers, 2018 will be remembered as the Year of the Cow — after the nickname of a spectacular stellar explosion that has kept them busy for months.
The unusual event has offered an unprecedented window on to the collapse of a star, two teams of researchers suggest in papers submitted to the arXiv preprint server on 25 October….
….This is “the dream” for those who study stellar explosions, adds Raffaella Margutti, an astrophysicist at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, who led one of the teams behind the latest two papers.”
Read the full article: Holy Cow! Astronomers agog at mysterious new supernova, written by Davide Castelvecchi in Nature.