RS Ophiuchi Erupts as a Nova — Here’s How to See This “New Star”

RS Ophiuchi just erupted as a nova — here is a look at what is happening, and how to see this “new star”

An artist concept of the RS Ophiuchus system erupting as a nova. Image credit: David A. Hardy/PPARC

Roughly 5,000 light years from Earth, a pair of stars huddle together in an explosive relationship. This mismatched pair, like an interstellar Laurel and Hardy, is made up of a massive red giant star and a small white dwarf companion.

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