Mark your calendars folks! Because if this ‘one-in-a-million chance’ prediction is true, then the Star collision in 2022 will be a sight to behold!
Scientists have predicted that two faint stars could soon collide with each other, brightening up our night sky and changing it forever.
According to the prediction, the two stars will merge and explode in 2022.
When that happens, the brightness of the combined star will increase by more than 10,000 times! That will make it easily one of the brightest in the sky. This merger will be visible in the constellation Cygnus and inside of the recognizable Northern Cross pattern.
Calvin College professor Larry Molnar has made this prediction. He said that he might be out by a year either side. But even getting it right would be the first time such a prediction has ever successfully been made.
Professor Molnar said in a statement that:
“It’s a one-in-a-million chance that you can predict an explosion. It’s never been done before.”
This type of star collision is what is known as a red nova. Those stars remain mysterious and scientists are hoping that the prediction will allow for further study of them.
Previous Star Collision:
The prediction began in 2008 when another binary star known as V1309 Scorpii led to a sudden red nova of its own. That collision wasn’t predicted before it happened, but observations showed how the stars collided and then merged.
Scientists then watched the new star, known as KIC 9832227 (a contact binary star system in the constellation of Cygnus) in 2013-14. They have ruled out other interpretations of the fact that the stars appeared to be getting closer to each other. Scientists now have become convinced that this unusual behavior can now only result in star collision.
“We really think our merging star hypothesis should be taken seriously right now” said Professor Molnar. “And we should be using the next few years to study this intensely so that if it does blow up we will know what led to that explosion.”
The researchers will now be watching the star and looking at the wavelengths of light that emerge from it.
Over time, scientists and amateur astronomers will be able to track the changes in brightness of the star and check that it is holding to the predicted schedule towards the star collision.
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