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Closest supernova in 25 years soon to be visible. Are they feeding us excuses?

 
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Closest supernova in 25 years soon to be visible. Are they feeding us excuses?
This story by space.com raises my suspicion to the mainstream point of view. A quote from in the article says, "PTF 11kly is getting brighter by the minute. It’s already 20 times brighter than it was yesterday," Peter Nugent, of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley, said in a statement yesterday (Aug. 25)

20 times brighter a day? What will this look like in a year?
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Re: Closest supernova in 25 years soon to be visible. Are they feeding us excuses?
I think it's conditioning more than anything, IMHO.
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08/29/2011 02:31 PM
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Re: Closest supernova in 25 years soon to be visible. Are they feeding us excuses?
Old news. Happened 21 million years ago! tounge

I'm waiting for Betelguese to go supernova. It's only 640 light-years away and should outshine the Moon at night and become visible in the day.
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Re: Closest supernova in 25 years soon to be visible. Are they feeding us excuses?
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Re: Closest supernova in 25 years soon to be visible. Are they feeding us excuses?
No they're not.

It's just the closest supernova in 25 years.
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Re: Closest supernova in 25 years soon to be visible. Are they feeding us excuses?
So what exactly will we see with a supernova? A second sun? or will the magnetic field be bombarded with particles? Anyone know?
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Re: Closest supernova in 25 years soon to be visible. Are they feeding us excuses?
So what exactly will we see with a supernova? A second sun? or will the magnetic field be bombarded with particles? Anyone know?
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Well, it's 21 million light-years away... I very much doubt it'll have any effect on us at all.
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Re: Closest supernova in 25 years soon to be visible. Are they feeding us excuses?
[link to www.dailycal.org]

"In the aftermath of the supernova’s initial explosion, it will continue to get brighter, according to Joshua Bloom, a collaborator with the project and an assistant professor of astronomy at UC Berkeley. He added that in a week or two, while the supernova will not be visible to the naked eye, it will be bright enough to be detected by individuals with a small telescope."

No doom here. Move along.