A team of astronomers who kept a close eye in the Cygnus the swan summer constellation predict two stars in the celestial body’s left wing will collide bursting into a giant red nova in five years’ time. When the stars will finally run into each other, sky gazers on Earth will be able to witness the giant fireball with the naked eye, said Larry Molnar of Calvin College on Friday, January 6th during the American Astronomical Society meeting that took place in Grapevine, Texas.
The binary star dubbed KIC 9832227 is expected to run into its peer sometime in 2022. However, researchers say the event could take place either one year sooner or later. Nevertheless, Larry Molnar and his colleagues are confident that the two stars will eventually run into each other sometime in the near future.
The team of researchers bases their claims on data pulled from a similar event which occurred in September 2008. Approximately nine years ago, the V1 309 Scorpii red nova exploded under similar circumstances. The astronomers say they used the information gathered in the past on the V1 309 Scorpii supernova and used the research as some kind of a cosmological blueprint which ultimately allowed the scientists to make the bold prediction.
At the moment, the orbital period of the KIC 9832227 bound to explode in the future is just under 11 hours. However, the researchers concluded that the star’s orbital period is constantly decreasing, leading astronomers to believe the binary celestial body is getting closer to its peer.
Moreover, this is not the first time Larry Molnar’s team came up with the prediction. During the 2015 edition of the American Astronomical Society meeting, the astronomers presented their theory for the first time. However, more research was needed, as their work teemed with unknowns. As it appears, two years later their prediction still stands. Only this time, the researchers were able to come up with a better prognostication by eliminating alternative interpretations, according to the astronomers. Furthermore, they also said that they were able to more accurately predict the event which is bound to take place in 2022, “plus or minus one year”.
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