Stargazers Will Get to See a Cosmic Explosion

Stargazers Will Get to See a Cosmic Explosion

If you’re one of those fellows who enjoy witnessing bright stars in the night sky, surely you will like what NASA has to tell us. An extremely bright cosmic event known as a nova will be visible in the night sky by stargazers. The event will be so bright that it will give us the impression that a new star Is born for a relatively short time.

To be more precise, those who live in the Northern Hemisphere are the lucky ones who will get to witness the Cosmic event in charge, according to NASA. In other words, not every bright spot that catches our attention from the night sky is necessarily a star or a planet such as Venus or Jupiter.

The explosion will occur 3,000 light-years away from Earth

A star system located 3,000 light-years away from us will be the culprit for the rare cosmic event.

There’s no reason to be concerned about the cosmic explosion affecting gas in any way. 3.000 light-years is a pretty big distance, judging at a cosmic scale, which could only mean that we are very safe from any possible damage. 

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To be more precise, the star system in question will become visible to the Aided at some point between February and September in a once-in-a-lifetime cosmic event for us earthlings. The Nova outbursting question occurs about just once every 80 years. In other words, unless you secretly find the secrets to immortality, you will get to see such a cosmic event in the night sky only once. To be more precise where, talking about Coronae Borealis, also known as T CrB, which last exploded shortly after the end of the Second World War.

The cosmic event will even be visible for a few days. It’s best to grab a pair of binoculars to admire nature, and it’s best during the Nova, but you will also get to observe it pretty well with the naked eye.

 For the moment the star system in question is far too dim to be visible with the naked eye, but it will become as visible as Polaris, the North Star, during the cosmic event in question.

What’s a nova?

Not everyone is well aware of the definition of a nova, so don’t get upset if you are one of those who don’t have any idea what we’re talking about. A nova means a sudden and dramatic increase in the brightness of his star which then will fade over a period of weeks to even years. Novae occur in binary star systems in which one of the members is a white dwarf, a dense Remnant of the core of a star. The white dwarf creates matter from its Neighboring star, which is often a red giant star. As soon as enough material accumulates on the surface of the white star, it undergoes a terminal nuclear explosion, releasing a huge amount of energy and causing a sudden increase in brightness. Despite such a cataclysmic explosion, the white dwarf itself usually survives the event. However, we must also keep in mind that novae are different from supernovae. That’s because the latter involves the complete destruction of a star.

If by any chance you are worried that too many stars are exploding, you should completely let that out of your mind. That’s because our Milky Way galaxy is teeming with stars, not to mention the rest of the observable Universe.


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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