NASA Says This Star is About to Explode
The Hubble Space Telescope recently took a photo
of a dying star. The image looks like a giant lidless eye
peering back at the telescope, as described in unexpectedly
poetic terms in a NASA release. At the center of the
nebula is a giant star, one that was once 20 times the size of
our sun. Now it is encased in a swirling ring of colored
gas, the vestiges of another time before it cast off its outer
layers with violent pulsations and winds.
This star (known as SBW2001 but commonly called SBW1) is special
because scientists believe it will become a supernova.
What's more, it will be a supernova in our own Milky Way galaxy.
Scientists believe it will become a supernova
because it bears a strong resemblance to another star Hubble
caught just after it exploded about 26 years ago.
We're about 20,000 light-years away from this
star so when and if it really does explode, we might be able to
see it. It might even happen in our lifetimes, though the
actual real chance of that is slim.
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