A Supernova Could Outshine the Moon on the Night Sky

A Supernova Could Outshine the Moon on the Night Sky
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Supernovae represent the end of the road for stars. Regardless of how huge, bright, and imposing a star is, it will still go ‘boom’ sooner or later. It’s also the case for Antares, a red supergiant star. UY Scuti will have the same fate as well, meaning the largest star ever discovered.

You may have already guessed that our Sun is no exception, but it will only become a supernova after roughly 5 billion years. With all the risk of disappointing you, none of us will be around at that time anymore. But if you somehow discovered the secret for eternal youth, please don’t keep it for yourself and share it with us in the comment section below!

It could represent a problem that stars explode (therefore, becoming supernovae) in our Milky Way galaxy all the time. Thankfully, the galaxy is just too big for our planet to be impacted in any dangerous way. But even if it’s very far away, a supernova can still grant us a spectacular celestial show that we would be able to admire with the naked eye.

A supernova could make the Milky Way more sparkling

According to Nature.com, it could happen at any time for a supernova to make our galaxy more sparkling than it already is. Furthermore, such an event can be more imposing on the sky than the Moon itself. Our natural satellite is the brightest object from the night sky. 

Andy Howell, who’s a senior scientist from the Las Cumbres Observatory, shares his thoughts on the possibility of a supernova occurring, as Nature.com quotes:

Even in the case of a really bright one, astronomers are clever and will find a way,

We could observe the supernova around the clock, since we always have telescopes in the dark.

Therefore, all we can do is hope and wait, as a wise man once said that patience is the biggest virtue of all.


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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