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In 2022, you’ll be able to witness a COLLISION between TWO stars in the sky


In 2022, you’ll be able to witness a COLLISION between TWO stars in the sky
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In 2022 you’ll be able to witness for the first time ni history the collision between two stars. Even though this even already occurred in the third century AD, the light from the collision will reach us in 2022, when you’ll be able to see one of the brightest objects in the night sky for a few days.

It seems that for the first time in history, the prediction of an astronomer will become a reality. In 5 years, Earth’s inhabitants will be able to witness the birth of a celestial body after the collision of two stars, according to a recent publication of the University of Calvin, Michigan.

In fact, this event already occurred in the third century AD when two stars, identified as KIC 9832227 collided with each other. However, light produced after the collision will take around 1800 years to reach Earth. That will occur in 2022. The newly born star will be visible in 2022 in the constellation Cygnus. The luminous impact is predicted to be so strong, that the star can become one of the brightest objects in the night sky for a few days.

Lead author of the research, from the Calvin University professor Larry Molnar, says such forecasts “have never been done before”. Professor Molnar will be the first to predict the collision of stars before their light reaches Earth.

The stars will end their lives in an explosion, known as a supernova, says Professor Molnar. According to astronomers, supernovas are intense explosion which are triggered at the end of the lifetime of enormous stars, or –as in this case— when two stars merge together.

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