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Soon we will be able to contemplate a large stellar explosion in the sky, a once-in-a-lifetime event

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Soon we will be able to contemplate a large stellar explosion in the sky, a once-in-a-lifetime event

An Unusual Astronomical Event to Light Up the Night Sky in 2024

2024 has brought us several fascinating astronomical phenomena, including a rare solar eclipse and now, the opportunity to witness another unique event in the night sky. A binary star system located 3,000 light years away in the constellation of the Corona Borealis is set to experience a massive explosion, creating a bright flash that will be visible to the naked eye.

Typically too faint to be seen without specialized instruments, this binary star system undergoes an explosion approximately every 80 years, causing a surge in brightness that can be compared to that of the North Star. Sometime between April and September 2024, the system is expected to jump in magnitude, making it visible to the naked eye for a few days and easily viewable with binoculars for over a week.

The prediction of this nova explosion is remarkable, considering the difficulty in anticipating such events. Astronomers have been able to forecast this explosion due to their understanding of the physics of the binary system, its 80-year period, and past observations of a similar explosion in 1946.

Astronomer Miguel Santander explains that the explosion is triggered by the transfer of gaseous material from a red giant star to a white dwarf star in a regular manner. As the hydrogen accumulated on the white dwarf’s surface reaches extreme temperatures, a violent thermonuclear reaction occurs, causing a sudden increase in brightness visible from Earth.

This rare celestial event promises to offer skywatchers a unique opportunity to witness a stellar explosion in real-time. Keep an eye on the night sky between April and September for the spectacular appearance of this “new” star in the Corona Borealis constellation.

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