Astronomy Picture of the Day( March 25, 2018): Announcing Nova Carinae 2018

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Announcing Nova Carinae 2018
How bright will Nova Carinae 2018 become? The new nova was by a thermonuclear explosion on the surface of a white dwarf star that is accreting matter from a binary companion, although details of this outburst are currently unknown. Both professional and amateur astronomers will be monitoring this unusual stellar outburst in the coming weeks, looking to see how Nova Carinae 2018 evolves, including whether it becomes bright enough to be visible to the unaided eye.

March 25, 2018
via NASA

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