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Aug 20, 2013 9:37 AM by Stephen Bowers

A star explodes, and you can see it

A star has a life cycle, and the end of a star's life is often the most dramatic point of its life cycle.

An exploding star is called a nova. According to, novas occur once every four or five years. Then there are a special class of novas that are bright enough to see from Earth with no telescope or binoculars. Records show only six of those have happened since 1901, and the last one was in 1975... until now.

A star explosion recently has formed a nova being called Nova Delphinus 2013. says it was first spotted August 14 by an amateur astronomer in Japan. Other sky watchers have taken note of the nova, which brightened over time and became bright enough to see with the naked eye. You have to be away from city lights to see it, though. It resides in the constellation Delphinus, the dolphin. In Southern Colorado, Delphinus rises just after sunset in the eastern sky. It is almost directly overhead at midnight and through, 3-4 AM Delphinus moves toward the western horizon. Watch within the constellation to see if you are able to see Nova Delphinus.


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