Monday, September 04, 2017

Mystery of a Star That Vanished After 14 Days

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Mystery of a Star That Vanished After 14 Days

     Nearly six centuries ago, Korean astronomers scanning the night sky for omens of the future spotted a new star in the cluster of stars they called Wei, and what today’s star watchers consider the tail of the Scorpius constellation.
By Kenneth Chang
New York Times
8-30-17

Fourteen nights later, it vanished.

Astronomers have now identified the source of that brief brightening — a binary star system a couple of thousand light-years away.



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