Astronomers have spotted a star that is about to explode?a supernova. Could this ever happen to OUR sun?
In BBC News, Roland Pease reports that astronomers saw the star "RS Ophiuchi? flare up around 6 months ago, suddenly becoming a thousand times brighter than normal. This could mean that, somewhere in the universe, a world like ours is ending. Pease quotes Harvard scientist Jeno Sokoloski as saying, "The explosion is so energetic it actually lifts an envelope of material off the surface of the star and throws it off into space."
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