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2 binary stars to collide in 2022

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posted on Jan, 11 2017 @ 06:58 AM
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I stumbled across this while browsing some of my usual sites.


In 2022, there will be a spectacular sky show. Two stars will merge into one, pushing out excess gas into an explosion known as a red nova. At magnitude 2, it will be as bright as Polaris in the sky, and just behind Sirius and Vega in brightness. The collision in the constellation of Cygnus will be visible for up to six months.


It's also the first time we have been able to predict a nova.


That’s pretty impressive. What’s more impressive: we’ve never been able to predict a nova before. But Lawrence Molnar, a professor of astronomy and physics at Calvin College, was able to find a pair of oddly behaving stars giving an indication of what might happen.


Some might ask "how can something so far away be predicted?" Well, there's this...


So how does Molnar know what will happen? After all, as he puts it, it’s “a very specific prediction that can be tested, and a big explosion.” He and his team have an example to look at: V1309 Scorpii. (astrobites.org...) First observed in 2008, astronomers were able to watch the light curve as the event unfolded. First, there were a few “booms” in the sky. Then, a spectacular light show unfolded. Using precovery data, astronomers were able to trace back the evolution from 2001 on, giving a big picture of the decade of progression of the event.


Molnar does say that you'll be able to tell if the prediction is right or wrong in 2022 without a telescope!


“We don’t know if it’s right or wrong, but it’s the first time we can make a prediction,” Molnar says. At 2nd magnitude, it’ll be easy if it see if the prediction was correct.

“You won’t need a telescope in 2022 to tell me if I was wrong or I was right,” he says.

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I'm super excited about seeing this. I can see some amazing photos coming from this event (if it happens). I know I'll have my telescope pointed towards it and my camera all set up too.




posted on Jan, 11 2017 @ 07:10 AM
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a reply to: TerryDon79

As bright as Polaris? Meh.

Thats actually a good thing. We donna need any local stars going' all Nova...



posted on Jan, 11 2017 @ 07:22 AM
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a reply to: TerryDon79

If the Nova is being monitored in real time would that mean it's close?
As in less than half a light year?


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posted on Jan, 11 2017 @ 07:30 AM
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a reply to: weirdguy

Nope they're 1800 light years away.

The merger has already happened 1795 years ago.


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posted on Jan, 11 2017 @ 07:33 AM
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Interesting, do the 2 stars have enough mass to form a black hole?



posted on Jan, 11 2017 @ 08:01 AM
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originally posted by: Chadwickus
a reply to: weirdguy

Nope they're 1800 light years away.

The merger has already happened 1795 years ago.



I love facts like this. Every time I see one, it makes me again ponder just how small we are.



posted on Jan, 11 2017 @ 08:22 AM
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a reply to: weirdguy

Those stars are 1800 light years away. We will see the light of the impact in 2022, but the impact itself happened long ago.


ETA - Damn. Think about that. Space is so big, that it takes light itself, traveling at 186,000 miles per Second, 1800 years to get here.
And that's close, in terms of the vastness of the Universe. Still in our Galaxy and there are billions upon billions more Galaxies out there.
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posted on Jan, 11 2017 @ 08:23 AM
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Unfortunately, you're asking the wrong guy. I don't know much about stars and black holes. I just found it very interesting that we can (possibly) predict such an event from so far away based on similar events that happened before.

I'm sure someone will pop along with the answers though.



posted on Jan, 11 2017 @ 08:55 AM
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originally posted by: ColaTesla
Interesting, do the 2 stars have enough mass to form a black hole?


I don't think these two will create a black hole.


A series of stellar collisions in a dense cluster over a short period of time can lead to an intermediate-mass black hole via "runaway stellar collisions".


However planets might form


When two low-mass stars in a binary system merge this creates an excretion disk from which new planets can form



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posted on Jan, 11 2017 @ 09:06 AM
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a reply to: Chadwickus

Thx for that Chad, it was the first question that popped in my head after reading the OP.



posted on Jan, 11 2017 @ 09:14 AM
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originally posted by: ColaTesla
Interesting, do the 2 stars have enough mass to form a black hole?

The only event that happens is exactly what is in the OP . A Nova burst . It is theorized there is only one way to create a black hole of any type . A specific type of star that goes Supernova . Then collapses upon itself. Has little to do with mass.



posted on Jan, 11 2017 @ 09:58 AM
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a reply to: TerryDon79

Wouldn't it be that the collision already happened, but the light is now becoming visible to us in 2022??



posted on Jan, 11 2017 @ 10:41 AM
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originally posted by: jhn7537
a reply to: TerryDon79

Wouldn't it be that the collision already happened, but the light is now becoming visible to us in 2022??


Yeah, but we don't know if it has actually happened because the light hasn't got here yet.

That's my take on it anyway.



posted on Jan, 11 2017 @ 03:12 PM
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Then collapses upon itself. Has little to do with mass.

It has everything to do with mass. If the mass of the star is less than about 20 times the mass of our Sun, a black hole cannot form.
futurism.com...



posted on Jan, 11 2017 @ 05:33 PM
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D@mn that long ago they might have known Jezus if there was a planet with intelligent beings that could travel through space faster then light and found our planet visiting us.

Bless those who maybe lived on a habitable goldilock zone planet or planets orbiting those stars..

Maybe if we point a radio telescope at that direction we can hear their last message like " our government lied the impact was imminent aaaaaaaarg "
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posted on Jan, 11 2017 @ 06:04 PM
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a reply to: TerryDon79


You cant wait for 2022 can you!!!



posted on Jan, 11 2017 @ 06:06 PM
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originally posted by: FTURE
a reply to: TerryDon79


You cant wait for 2022 can you!!!



What gave it away? Was it this part of my OP?


I'm super excited about seeing this.



posted on Jan, 11 2017 @ 06:12 PM
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originally posted by: TerryDon79

originally posted by: FTURE
a reply to: TerryDon79


You cant wait for 2022 can you!!!



What gave it away? Was it this part of my OP?


I'm super excited about seeing this.



Does one have ones eye on a shinny new (n.w.o) orange Lamborghini for 2022?

You shold get the number plate; VOID 666



posted on Jan, 11 2017 @ 06:14 PM
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originally posted by: FTURE

originally posted by: TerryDon79

originally posted by: FTURE
a reply to: TerryDon79


You cant wait for 2022 can you!!!



What gave it away? Was it this part of my OP?


I'm super excited about seeing this.



Does one have ones eye on a shinny new (n.w.o) orange Lamborghini for 2022?

You shold get the number plate; VOID 666


I'm not sure what a car and a number plate has to do with 2 stars colliding.

Maybe try and stay on topic and type something relevant?



posted on Jan, 11 2017 @ 06:18 PM
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originally posted by: TerryDon79

originally posted by: FTURE

originally posted by: TerryDon79

originally posted by: FTURE
a reply to: TerryDon79


You cant wait for 2022 can you!!!



What gave it away? Was it this part of my OP?


I'm super excited about seeing this.



Does one have ones eye on a shinny new (n.w.o) orange Lamborghini for 2022?

You shold get the number plate; VOID 666


I'm not sure what a car and a number plate has to do with 2 stars colliding.

Maybe try and stay on topic and type something relevant?




Noted: Thank you Terry.
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