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Super-powerful interstellar ‘ticking time bomb’ found not far from Earth

Australian astronomers say they have spotted a super-powerful star that could explode at any moment in one of the most-powerful detonations since the Big Bang.

  • Liam Mannix
  • The Sydney Morning Herald

And this ticking time bomb is not far from Earth.

In a part of the Milky Way 8000-odd light-years away, two stars, each about 30 times bigger than our sun, are circling around each other. Their combined gravity is making each star spin on its axis at incredible speeds.

It’s a final danse macabre before the largest star in the system explodes.

Around them, a vast interstellar dust cloud is whirling at extreme speed, whipped into motion by the…

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