Here’s Eta Carinae, a star system in the constellation of Carina that will likely explode into a supernova in the “near future.”
When it eventually blows to kingdom come, we’ll actually be able to see it. After all, the star system is only about 8,000 light years away. Sweet!
According to NASA,
When it does [explode], expect an impressive view from Earth, far brighter still than its last outburst: SN 2006gy, the brightest supernova ever observed, came from a star of the same type, though from a galaxy over 200 million light-years away.
You’re worried because this star system is much, much closer than SN 2006gy? Oh, don’t get all nervous on us! While NASA says it’ll explode in the “near future,” in astronomical terms, that could still be millions of years away.
Read more about this image of Eta Carinae, obtained by NASA’s Hubble Telescope, here.