Australian astronomers are keeping an eye on an exploding star they call WR104 that could end all life on earth. Before you say it couldn't happen, note that a smaller version of this has happened here before.
This star is actually TWO stars and it's getting ready to explode at any time. When a binary start like this one collapses into a black hole, it releases a huge burst of lethal gamma rays.
Whitley?s new novel "The Omega Point," which will be published in the fall of 2009, deals with this situation.
Art credit: NASA
Sometimes bad things happen to good people. But no matter what happens?good or bad?we?ll still be here for you, reporting daily edge news and producing our great radio shows?but only if you help! The hard truth is, we won?t be around much longer if we don?t get more of our readers and listeners to subscriber, so think about this?you can keep us going for less than a latte a WEEK: Less than $12 gets you a 3-month subscription (and a chance to chat!)
NOTE: This news story, previously published on our old site, will have any links removed.