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Old 01-10-2017, 01:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Star collision may be visible in 2022

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Scientists Predict Star Collision Visible To The Naked Eye In 2022 : The Two-Way : NPR
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Scientists predict that a pair of stars in the constellation Cygnus will collide in 2022, give or take a year, creating an explosion in the night sky so bright that it will be visible to the naked eye.

If it happens, it would be the first time such an event was predicted by scientists.

Calvin College professor Larry Molnar and his team said in a statement that two stars are orbiting each other now and "share a common atmosphere, like two peanuts sharing a single shell."

They predict those two stars, jointly called KIC 9832227, will eventually "merge and explode ... at which time the star will increase its brightness ten thousand fold becoming one of the brighter stars in the heavens for a time."
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Old 01-10-2017, 02:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Cygnus is a great and easy to see constellation, too. It's the "northern cross", it's up in the summer - and if you're familiar with the Summer Triangle of Altair, Vega, and Deneb, Deneb is the brightest star in the Cygnus constellation (although it is the least-bright of the Summer Triangle stars). So if this happens, it could be quite easy to see and ought to be a treat!

Sadly, it'll be a treat only Northern Hemis get to watch.
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Scientists predict that a pair of stars in the constellation Cygnus will collide in 2022
This is incorrect. If KIC 9832227 were to "merge and explode in 2022, we would not see it til around 3820.

What is happening is that astronomers believe this event may have happened around the year 222 AD, and if they are correct we will see it in 2022.
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This is incorrect. If KIC 9832227 were to "merge and explode in 2022, we would not see it til around 3820.

What is happening is that astronomers believe this event may have happened around the year 222 AD, and if they are correct we will see it in 2022.
local relative is still a valid context, and much easier to parse given indeterminancy
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The article I read about it said that if it happens right when they think it will it'll be March 15th, The Ides of March.
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What is happening is that astronomers believe this event may have happened around the year 222 AD....
Pics or it didn't happen.
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I own a star in Cygnus... I hope i've not been diddled by the international star registry!!!
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I own a star in Cygnus... I hope i've not been diddled by the international star registry!!!

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I think stellar merger may be exempted as an act of god.
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