Astronomers predict binary star merge & explosion

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  1. B.J.

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    http://phys.org/news/2017-01-astronomers-explosion-night-sky.html

    "Molnar's prediction is that a binary star (two stars orbiting each other) he is monitoring will merge and explode in 2022, give or take a year; at which time the star will increase its brightness ten thousand fold, becoming one of the brighter stars in the heavens for a time. The star will be visible as part of the constellation Cygnus, and will add a star to the recognizable Northern Cross star pattern."

    This will be interesting to see! Although with a predicted apparent magnitude of 2 (don't have a definitive source), it won't exactly "change the night sky" as the click-bait title of the article says, but it will definitely be visible.
     
  2. Tom Hendricks

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    So he's predicting the second coming of Jesus?
     
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  3. Asbo Zaprudder

    Asbo Zaprudder Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Well, given that the object is KIC 9832227, I'm expecting the second coming of a certain poster around here, whose name rhymes with a make of vacuum cleaner, to suggest a connection with KIC 8462852.