Nova Centauri 2013

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Tweefo (December 12, 2013, 10:30:47 AM):
That is awesome, I'll try and spot it tonight.
4 O'clock tomorrow morning is a better time. It will be under the horison early evening, but I also have a cloud problem.
brianvds (December 12, 2013, 13:43:23 PM):
That is awesome, I'll try and spot it tonight.
4 O'clock tomorrow morning is a better time. It will be under the horison early evening, but I also have a cloud problem.

What makes it even more frustrating is that even during the holidays, I tend to wake up at four in the morning. Fat lot of good it does me with all this cloud cover.
BoogieMonster (December 12, 2013, 20:56:31 PM):
Alas, here in Centurion we have been having Cape winter weather. It has been cloudy and rainy for weeks. I missed the comet, and it looks like I'm going to miss the nova. Next thing we'll have Beutelgeuse go supernova and I'll miss that too...

with the little I know about the universe, I would venture that if Beutelgeuse or Alpha Centauri go supernova...you'll not miss it but won't know what hit you...

I've heard claims as much. But is it true? Would Betelgeuse take us out?
st0nes (December 13, 2013, 08:04:30 AM):
Alas, here in Centurion we have been having Cape winter weather. It has been cloudy and rainy for weeks. I missed the comet, and it looks like I'm going to miss the nova. Next thing we'll have Beutelgeuse go supernova and I'll miss that too...


with the little I know about the universe, I would venture that if Beutelgeuse or Alpha Centauri go supernova...you'll not miss it but won't know what hit you...


I've heard claims as much. But is it true? Would Betelgeuse take us out?

As far as I know, the gamma-ray bursts that these things throw out are quite narrowly focussed along the axis of rotation of the star. So if we're on the axis of rotation it could be very bad news indeed. Don't go out without your umbrella.

Edit: It seems as though we're safe after all. Here's what Phil Plait has to say on the subject.
Tweefo (December 15, 2013, 07:47:47 AM):
Finally saw the nova at 3 am this morning. Somebody in the neighborhood playing very load rap/techno music all night. What can one do in a case like this? The police come out, they turn the music down for 2 minutes, and the then just crank it all the way back up again. This is not the first time.

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