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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 5:46 am    Post subject: Want to see a new star in the sky? Reply with quote

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"For the first time in history, parents will be able to point to a dark spot in the sky and say, 'Watch, kids, there's a star hiding in there, but soon it's going to light up," said Dr Matt Walhout, dean for research and scholarship at Calvin College, Michigan, where the prediction was made.

For around six months the Boom Star will be one of the brightest in the sky before gradually dimming, returning to its normal brightness after around two to three years.

It is the first time scientists have ever predicted the birth of a new star and astronomers in Britain said it would be a fascinating and important event which is likely to trigger a race to be the first to record the phenomenon.
Dr Robert Massey, of the Royal Astronomical Society, said: "What we're talking about you might literally call the birth of a new star which should be very visible.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's cool as hell.
But 2022? That's a long wait. Hell, it's fucking 2 SRD novels worth of waiting!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, a bit of a wait, for sure...but still awesome! Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorta related and cool that might tide us over during the wait [depending on how long it takes to process and release any image]:


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In spring of 2017, ALMA, along with eight other telescopes around the world, will aim towards the center of the Milky Way, around 25,000 light years from Earth, in an attempt to capture the first-ever image of a black hole.


The article has a lot of "my day hanging out with astronomers" kinda stuff---but also some details and descriptions showing just how amazing and difficult the tech involved in doing this is.


http://motherboard.vice.com/read/an-earth-sized-telescope-is-about-to-see-a-black-hole-for-the-first-time
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