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Science: We Might Get to See a Supernova!

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It could be one of the biggest astronomical events in years ― a star explosion so intense it could literally change the night sky. Astronomers are predicting that binary star system KIC 9832227, located in the Cygnus constellation, will merge and explode in a “red nova” event in 2022.

And if it happens as predicted, its brightness will increase by 10,000-fold, making it one of the brightest objects in the night sky and easily visible with the naked eye, according to a Calvin College news release.

“It will be a very dramatic change in the sky, as anyone can see it,” Calvin College astronomer Larry Molnar told National Geographic. “You won’t need a telescope to tell me in 2023 whether I was wrong or I was right.”

By Ed Mazza – Full Story at The Huffington Post

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1 thought on “Science: We Might Get to See a Supernova!”

  1. This prediction can only reflect the math-calculated moment at which either a black hole or a neutron star, orbiting its host star, finally spirals in to the host star and induces the explosion. As such (math), the final disposition of the assemblage is pretty much accurate – unless another input shows up. Which, since this will be the FIRST such observation, is pretty much to be expected.

    This inherent uncertainty of close-star encounters is the only real consideration I see. In other words, it will be AROUND 2022, but that could be changed by close-star physics.

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