Astronomers predict binary star merge & explosion

Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by B.J., Jan 9, 2017.

  1. B.J.

    B.J. Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jul 14, 2004
    Huntsville, AL

    "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

    Tom Hendricks That boy is our last hope, NO! there is another. Premium Member

    Jun 7, 2004
    Tom Hendricks
    So he's predicting the second coming of Jesus?
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  3. Asbo Zaprudder

    Asbo Zaprudder Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jan 14, 2004
    Bulent's Cafe
    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.