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

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