NASA Says T Coronae Borealis Nova Set To Create a “New Star” in a Once-in-a-Lifetime Event | Space

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In the coming months, the world is set to witness an extraordinary celestial event as a massive explosion in the T Coronae Borealis star system is poised to create a “new star” in the night sky

This rare astronomical event, expected to occur between now and September 2024, is not the birth of a star but rather an extraordinary nova outburst from T Coronae Borealis (T CrB), situated 3,000 light-years away in the constellation of Corona Borealis. 

NASA described the anticipated nova outburst as a “once-in-a-lifetime viewing opportunity” as T Coronae Borealis is predicted to become as bright as the North Star, Polaris. 

T Coronae Borealis, also known as the “Blaze Star,” is a binary star system comprising a white dwarf and a red giant star. Due to the stars’ proximity at certain times in their orbital periods, the system experiences a nova explosion approximately every 80 years. 

As the companion stars orbit close to each other, the red giant, which is in a later stage of its life, begins to shed its outer layers. The white dwarf, a dense remnant of a star that has exhausted its nuclear fuel, captures this material through its gravitational pull. 

This violent celestial dance between the cosmic duo eventually triggers a runaway thermonuclear reaction on the surface of the white dwarf, leading to a dramatic nova outburst. 

T Coronae Borealis is part of a unique category of dramatic astronomical phenomena called “recurrent novae.” This term describes star systems that experience nova explosions at regular intervals we can observe and predict. This phenomenon is incredibly rare, with astronomers and scientists having identified only five recurrent novae in our galaxy. 

The last nova outburst by T Coronae Borealis occurred in 1946, making the anticipated 2024 event a remarkable once-in-a-generation opportunity for skygazers. 

 The impending nova is expected to elevate T Coronae Borealis from its usual magnitude of…

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