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January 10, 2017
Astronomer predicts red nova explosion to light up the sky in 2022
Grand Rapids, Mich. (UPI) Jan 9, 2017
Lawrence Molnar, a professor of astronomy and physics at Calvin College, has crunched the numbers on KIC 9832227, a contact binary star system. According to his math, the two stars will collide and explode in 2022, generating a red nova. The light generated by the explosion will register at a magnitude 2 - as bright as Polaris, the North Star. "It's a one-in-a-million chance that you can predict an explosion," Molnar said in a news release announcing his forecast. "It's never been done ... read more

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