A Cow, a Camel and a Finch Exploded in Space. What is Going On?

"Astronomers have yet to determine the cause of luminous fast blue optical transients, and the latest they have detected is raising even more questions.

What do a cow, a koala, a camel, a Tasmanian devil and now a finch all have in common?

It’s not the plot of a new movie in the “Madagascar” series. They are nicknames given to a weird class of space explosions scientists can’t explain."

Read the full NY Times article here.

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Fast Blue Optical Transient
An artist's illustration of a Fast Blue Optical Transient (FBOT), a newly-described type of celestial event. Bill Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF