Astronomers around the world have their telescopes and cameras pointed to a certain corner of the late summer night sky occupied by the Sagittarius constellation. That’s because on June 26, 2012 backyard astronomers witnessed a new star that became visible within the northwest corner of the mythical archer’s stellar patten, where none had been seen before.
While it’s still early on, experts believe it’s probably a nova – a type of erupting star that can rev up in brightness many orders of magnitude than normal. While not quite as spectacular as a supernova this one appears to be in our local galactic neighborhood, making it at least an easy target for small backyard telescopes.
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