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Stellar encore: Dying star keeps coming back big time
by Marcia Dunn
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8 November 2017
On 8 November 2017 The Associated Press reported:
Astronomers reported Wednesday [8 November] on a massive, distant star that exploded in 2014 -- and also, apparently back in 1954. This is one supernova that refuses to bite the cosmic dust, confounding scientists who thought they knew how dying stars ticked. Las Cumbres, a global network of robotic telescopes, continues to keep watch.
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The oft-erupting star is 500 million light-years away -- one light-year is equal to 5.9 trillion miles (9.5 trillion kilometers) -- in the direction of the Big Bear constellation. It was discovered in 2014 and, at the time, resembled your basic supernova that was getting fainter.
But a few months later, astronomers at the California-based Las Cumbres Observatory saw it getting brighter. They've seen it grow faint, then bright, then faint again five times. ...
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