The intergalactic space, meaning the region between galaxies, is usually unfathomably large. For instance, between the Milky Way and the closest galaxy to it, meaning Andromeda, there’s a distance of roughly 1.3 million light-years.
Across such distances, not many cosmic events happen. But when they do, holy moly guacamole! According to Phys.org, astronomers came with an interesting prediction for the near future.
The Supernova Requiem will occur around 2037
Astronomers come with the prediction regarding what will happen in the intergalactic space. They are betting on an exploding star dubbed as a Supernova Requiem. However, it will be too far away for people to be able to see it with the naked eye.
The event will be the fourth phase of the same supernova, but it will be magnified by a foreground cluster of galaxies that act like a cosmic lens. The cluster’s huge gravity will distort and magnify the light from the supernova that’s behind it. Therefore, the gravitational lensing effect takes place, which was first predicted long ago by a scientist you probably heard about: Albert Einstein.
Steve Rodney from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, declared as quoted by Phys.org:
This new discovery is the third example of a multiply imaged supernova for which we can actually measure the delay in arrival times,
It is the most distant of the three, and the predicted delay is extraordinarily long. We will be able to come back and see the final arrival, which we predict will be in 2037, plus or minus a couple of years.
To get another idea about how incredibly big the Universe that we all live in is, you can keep in mind that a supernova occurs every second somewhere out there.
The new study was published in Nature Astronomy.