A Stellar Explosion

During a study dating back from 2017, scientists claimed that we could witness the birth of a new star which is scheduled to occur during the year 2022 when a massive collision might occur.

What most people are unaware of is the fact that when you look up into the sky, you are effectively looking into the past. What we mean by this is that most of the bright lights we see in the night sky might not even be there anymore. Light travels fast, that is true, but it does not move fast enough for us to have a live feed of what is occurring in the cosmos. Some of the bright stars made of plasma we are seeing as we peer into the heavens above represent images that are already thousands of years old. The sunlight of our sun reaches us with an eight-minute delay even.

Even though most of the things we see in the sky has already occurred, there are still events we have not yet seen: case in point, the birth of a new star. Or to be more precise, new to our eyes. The star that might emerge in 2022 is a result of a collision that happened some 1,800 years ago. The big red flash that will signal the birth of a new star will reach us sometime during 2022.

Larry Molnar, an astronomer from the Calvin College, claims that it is nearly impossible to predict an explosion such as this. It has never been done. But the prospects are high for this one, as all the indicators are present. Molnar and his team have been studying the star called KIC 9832227 which is some 1,200 light years away from Earth. During a study conducted in 2017, the team revealed that this binary star has every chance to create a new star. These two stars form the constellation Cygnus, better known as the swan. They are currently on a collision course as they constantly spiral towards one another. The idea is that when they finally do collide, they form a red nova – an explosion of red flashes – and that is going to result in a new massive star being formed. If this does in fact happen, this is going to be a great win for the scientific world as it may prove that they are able to predict a collision of two stars ahead of time. This has never been done before.

The great thing about this event is it does not only have scientific ramifications. It also represents something that may interest the general public. This may offer parents everywhere to point to a dark point in the sky and tell their children that in no time that space is going to be occupied by a bright new star.

The biggest issue is that there is no way to prove any of this but to wait and see it when it finally does happen. If the study is correct, the people are going to witness something which is 10,000 times brighter than any star we see in the sky now. This might prove to be one of the biggest celestial objects ever recorded. Still, there is a slight chance that the stars are not on the crash course Molnar and his team are predicting.

There is no way to predict this with 100 percent certainty. But it is highly likely they are correct. And the great thing is, no fancy advanced equipment or telescope is necessary to witness this. In about four years we may all just need to raise our sight towards the sky and witness whether Molnar was correct.

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