Larry Predicts a Red Nova in 2022

I was just reading in Astronomy Magazine that astronomers have predicted that a binary pair of stars will merge into one in 2022, and set off an explosion called a red nova, similar to this image of V838 Monocerotis, from the Hubble space telescope. It’ll be as bright as the North Star, and last for up to six months. That’s a pretty striking prediction, and not the sort of prediction astronomers usually make. (More here.) But here’s the thing…

I was most of the way through the article when I went, Wait—who? I scrolled back up to read again, who’s being quoted here. I wasn’t seeing things—it’s Lawrence Molnar of Calvin College in Michigan. Way to go, Larry! Larry Molnar and his wife Cindy are friends from way back, having lived right above us for several years right after Allysen and I got married. We went to the same church; we exchanged babysitting. He was my first consultant on the question of how one could theoretically set off a supernova (From a Changeling Star), and he introduced me to other consultants at Center for Astrophysics at Harvard. We also made a snow dog together (modeled on Sam, our first border collie mix), back in the 1980s.

Larry, Snow-Sam, Jeff

This is cool. I’m going to be watching, Larry, to see if it happens on time.

Curly and Moe were not mentioned as participants in the study.*

*Sorry. That’s the only part of this post that’s an April Fools joke. The rest is real.

4 Responses

  1. KEVIN BENTCH
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    What a cool blog entry! I will set a note for 2022 for a possible red nova. That is surprising to have something so novel, that can be predicted. Thanks for sharing the info!

  2. jeffreyacarver
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    Hi Kevin — Yes, I should put a note in my calendar for the year 2022, also! 🙂

  3. Donald Wiley
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    We will feel the effects of this explosion by its shock wave in 2023 and by an asteroid from debris from the explosion as well in 2025. i made a website with more details about it. http://www.jesus2032.com

  4. jeffreyacarver
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    Oh-kaaaay…

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