Astronomer Predicts a Nova Eruption for first Time

Scientists make predictions, that’s how we know that our models are correct. If we can forecast that something will happen before it happens we must have a good idea of just what’s causing it to happen.

In my blog back on January the first I mention the total solar eclipse that’s going to happen on the 17th of August of this year and scientists have been predicting eclipses now since the time of the Roman emperor Claudius.

A few predictions have been some of the greatest moments in the history of science, such as when Edmund Halley predicted that a comet would return or when Paul Dirac predicted the existence of Anti-matter. Just a few years ago the discovery of the Higgs boson confirmed a prediction made by Peter Higgs back in the 1960s.

Now Astronomer Lawrence Molnar of Calvin College in Grand Rapids Michigan is making the first ever prediction of the eruption of a Nova, the explosion of a particular star system. The star system in question is called KIC 9832227, a 12th magnitude system in the constellation in the of Cygnus. The system consists of three stars, two of which form a contact binary, that is two stars that are so close to each other that they are “kissing”. See picture below.

Star Merger Geometry. L. Molnar, Calvin College

Professor Molnar and his team have been studying KIC9832227 for many years now and have noted an acceleration in the orbit period of the two stars, an acceleration which is increasing exponentially. Based on these observations Professor Molnar predicts that in 2022, give or take a year the stars will merge into one and that the resulting explosion will make the 12th magnitude system temporarily visible to the naked eye, a new star or Nova will appear briefly in our night sky.

While not as spectacular as a Supernova, where a star 10 or more times as massive as our Sun explodes in a fireball as bright as an entire Galaxy this is the first time anyone has been bold enough to predict a date on when a nova will occur. I hope that five years from now I get to see KIC 9832227 as it goes Nova. If it does Professor Molnar will have joined the ranks of Halley and Dirac and many others whose predictions have done so much to advance human knowledge. You can read an article on Professor Molnar’s work at Sky and Telescope Magazine by clicking on the link below.

Before I go I want to also mention a new, and I think very beautiful picture of our Earth with the Moon that has been taken from orbit around Mars by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Earth and Moon as seen from Mars- NASA Picture

If you’d like a better picture check out the article at by clicking below.

P.S. I finally got around to making a unique header image for Science and Science Fiction. I hope you like it!

334 thoughts on “Astronomer Predicts a Nova Eruption for first Time”

  1. May I simply just say what a relief to uncover someone who really knows what they are discussing over the internet. You definitely understand how to bring a problem to light and make it important. More people have to read this and understand this side of your story. I was surprised that you are not more popular because you definitely possess the gift.
    education for all

    1. Thank you for the compliment. I’ve only been writing this blog for 6 months now and I’ve actually been very pleased by the response. Hopefully more people will check Science and SF out and I’m sure comments like yours will help! Also, tell your friends! Thanks Bob L.

    1. Thanks for your comment. We’ll have to wait a couple of years to find out if the prediction is a good one but I’m hopeful! Thanks again. Bob L

  2. I couldn’t resisxt commenting. Veryy wwell written! I visited multipl sites holwever tthe audjo quality for audjo
    songs xisting aat thios websiye iss ctually fabulous.
    I realy lie whgat yoou guyys are usuwlly upp too.
    Thiis sor off clevedr woirk andd reporting! Keeep upp thhe superb works guyss I’ve incorporated yoou gujys too ouur blogroll.

  3. Hi There. I discovered your blog and this is an incredibly well written article.
    I’ll bookmark it and come back to read more of your useful
    info. Thanks for the post. I’ll surely come back.

  4. Good day! I know this is kinda off topic however , I’d figured I’d ask.
    Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest writing
    a blog article or vice-versa? My site addresses a lot of the same topics as yours and I believe we could greatly benefit from each other.
    If you are interested feel free to shoot me an email.
    I look forward to hearing from you! Great blog by the way!

    1. Good Day to You
      I’m still learning about this blog business and haven’t yet traded links with anybody so I will send you an email and once I have a look at your site hopefully we can do this!
      Hope to hear from you soon. Bob L

    1. Thanks for the comment. I think I work pretty hard to keep up the quality of my posts and it’s nice to be appreciated. Thanks again.
      Bob L

    1. Thanks for your very kind comment. I hope you do come back and I hope your friends stop by as well. I’ll do my best to make it worth their while.
      Bob L

    1. Hans. Thanks for the comment. If you are interested in starting a blog I suggest you go to to get started. It’s a bit of a learning curve to start but after a few days you’ll figure some things out and be off to a good start!
      Bob L

  5. “I’d have to examine with you here. Which is not one thing I usually do! I take pleasure in reading a post that will make folks think. Additionally, thanks for permitting me to remark!”

    1. Thanks for the comment. I know of no other site with such wonderful information. O’k maybe there are a few and if you check my post from 2 November you’ll find a few.
      Bob L

  6. I’m curious to find out what blog platform you are working with?
    I’m having some small security issues with my latest blog and I would like to find something more safe.
    Do you have any suggestions?

    1. My blog site is hosted by Ipage but the platform program is WordPress. Hope that helps and thanks for the comment.
      Bob L

  7. You made some decent points there. I looked on the web
    to find out more about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your
    views on this site.

    1. Thanks for your comment. Actually this is cutting edge astrophysics and most experts are waiting to see if the prediction pans out, but it would be very exciting!
      Bob L

  8. Heya terrific blog! Does running a blog similar
    to this require a lot of work? I’ve absolutely no understanding of computer
    programming however I was hoping to start my own blog soon. Anyhow, if you
    have any ideas or tips for new blog owners please share.

    I know this is off topic but I just wanted to ask.

    Many thanks!

    1. Thanks for the Comment. I’m not that much of a computer type myself but if you go to they’ll get you started. It’s a bit of a learning curve but you’ll get used to it. The amount of work depends on how often you post a new article!
      Bob L

    1. Thanks for the comment. As I said in the post this prediction is cutting edge science and we’ll see if it turns out to be accurate.
      Bob L

  9. “Nice post. I was checking continuously this blog and I am impressed! Very helpful information particularly the ultimate section 🙂 I handle such information much. I was seeking this particular information for a long time. Thank you and best of luck. “

  10. Your style is so unique compared to other
    people I have read stuff from. I appreciate you for posting when you have the opportunity,
    Guess I’ll just book mark this page.

  11. Hi there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this site before but
    after reading through some of the post I realized it’s new to me.
    Anyways, I’m definitely happy I found it and I’ll be book-marking and checking
    back frequently!

  12. Does your blog have a contact page? I’m having problems locating it but, I’d like to send you an e-mail.
    I’ve got some creative ideas for your blog you might
    be interested in hearing. Either way, great site and I look
    forward to seeing it improve over time.

  13. Hello there, I found your website by the use of Google at the same time as looking for a comparable subject, your web site came up, it
    looks good. I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.

    Hello there, just became aware of your weblog via Google, and
    found that it is truly informative. I am gonna be careful for brussels.
    I will appreciate in case you continue this in future.

    Many folks will probably be benefited from your writing.

  14. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find
    this topic to be actually something that I think I would never understand.
    It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me.
    I’m looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

  15. お邪魔します。

    1. I wish I knew what this says. I’m going to assume it’s nothing derogatory and approve. If anybody can translate please let me know!
      Bob L

    1. Thanks for the comment and you can register on the right hand side of the page in the META section. I hope you do!
      Bob L

  16. To know where ever I am able to look up much more info about %BT%?
    This educator got me to record an expression journal with this situation.

  17. I happen to be commenting to let you know what a beneficial discovery my cousin’s daughter encountered viewing your web page. She discovered too many things, including what it is like to possess an amazing helping style to get certain people without difficulty thoroughly grasp specified problematic matters. You truly exceeded her expectations. I appreciate you for delivering the productive, safe, revealing not to mention easy guidance on this topic to Lizeth.

    1. Thanks for the comment but I have to take exception to your saying ‘She discovered too many things’. As far as I’m concerned you can NEVER discover too many things. Thanks again.
      Bob L

  18. I want to show appreciation to you just for rescuing me from this situation. Just after browsing throughout the world wide web and meeting principles which are not productive, I thought my life was gone. Living devoid of the answers to the difficulties you have solved through your posting is a serious case, and the ones which might have negatively affected my career if I had not noticed the website. Your own personal mastery and kindness in dealing with a lot of stuff was excellent. I am not sure what I would’ve done if I hadn’t come upon such a subject like this. I’m able to at this moment look forward to my future. Thank you so much for this impressive and sensible help. I will not be reluctant to propose the website to anyone who would like guide about this issue.

  19. I am glad for writing to make you understand what a notable discovery my cousin’s child gained viewing your web page. She figured out lots of details, which included how it is like to have a great giving spirit to get the rest without hassle grasp selected advanced matters. You actually surpassed visitors’ desires. Many thanks for distributing such helpful, safe, informative and also fun tips about this topic to Emily.

  20. Today, while I was at work, my sister stole my iphone and tested to see if it can survive a forty foot drop, just so she can be
    a youtube sensation. My iPad is now broken and she has 83 views.
    I know this is totally off topic but I had to share it with someone!

  21. I got this web page from my friend who informed me concerning this web page and at the moment
    this time I am visiting this web page and reading very informative articles here.

  22. Hey! I knkw this is kind of off-topic but I needed to ask.

    Does buijlding a well-established blog like yours take a large amount of work?
    I aam completely new to running a blog however I do writte in my diary on a daily basis.
    I’d like too stzrt a blog so I will be able to
    share myy own experience and thoughts online.

    Please let me know if you have any suggestions or tips for brand new aspiring blog owners.
    Appreciate it!

    1. Your question is not off topic. Several other commenters have asking about starting their own blog and I say go for it. To start I recommend Ipage as the host for your site ( and wordpress for the blog program. Yes it is quite a bit of work but it can be very rewarding and after you get past the learning curve it’s not really very difficult. I do have one small criticism if you don’t mind you need to be a little more careful with your spelling. Look at it this way, if you have a hundred or more people reading your blog every day at least one of them will notice any misspelled word and let you hear about it! Anyway good luck!
      Bob L

    1. Nona, sorry ’bout that. I’ll try deleting you original comment, if I can find it. Hopefully that’ll do the trick.
      Bob L

  23. I am not sure where you’re getting your info, but great topic.
    I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more.
    Thanks for magnificent info I was looking for this info for my mission.

  24. I’ve read some just right stuff here. Definitely price bookmarking for revisiting.
    I surprise how so much attempt you set to create this kind
    of fantastic informative site.

  25. Woah! I’m really digging the template/theme of this website.

    It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s difficult
    to get that “perfect balance” between usability and visual appeal.
    I must say you have done a great job with this.
    Additionally, the blog loads extremely fast for me on Firefox.

    Excellent Blog!

    1. Well Thanks but I gotta be honest, I just picked a theme and went with it. The banner I did create myself, it’s NASA and public domain images but one is actually a picture of my PATENT! Anyway I think it’s more important to worry about your content than the visuals but I’m glad you like what you see.
      Bob L

  26. Howdy! I know this is sort of off-topic however I had to ask.
    Does managing a well-established website like yours
    require a lot of work? I am completely new
    to running a blog but I do write in my journal on a
    daily basis. I’d like to start a blog so I can share my experience and thoughts online.
    Please let me know if you have any suggestions or tips for brand new aspiring
    blog owners. Thankyou!

    1. It’s not off topic at all. Several people have asked me basically the same question. First of all my website is hosted by Ipage ( and the program running the blog is called wordpress. Both cost a little bit but not too much. As far as how much work is involved, well that’s completely up to you. I publish a new post of 500-700 words twice a week and it is a bit of work just trying to think of topics to write about. However it definitely has its rewards!
      Bob L

    1. You are providing something back with your comments! If this is your first time don’t let it be your last. Thanks for the comment.
      Bob L

    1. Thanks for the comment but since I only post articles twice a week it won’t be long before you catch up. I do hope you’ll keep coming back. Thanks again.
      Bob L

  27. I must say you have very interesting articles here. Your blog can go viral.

    You need initial traffic only. How to get it? Search for; Miftolo’s tools go viral

    1. Thanks for the comment. I may not have gone viral yet but I’m getting about 1500 page views per day and it is growing. You can do your part to help by telling all your friends!
      Bob L

    1. Wow, renowned!! Now that’s something new and different. Thanks for the praise and you can help increase the renown by letting all your friends know! Thanks again.
      Bob L

  28. I must say it was hard to find your page in search results.
    You write great articles but you should rank your page higher in search engines.

    If you don’t know 2017 seo techniues search on youtube: how to rank a website Marcel’s way

    1. Well thanks for the comment and I’ll check out youtube but you can do your part to increase my search results by telling all your friends!
      Bob L

    1. Well thank you a lot. Trust me if you make it a habit to comment you’ll make a lot of blog authors happy!
      Bob L

  29. Hey! This is my first visit to your blog! We are
    a collection of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche.
    Your blog provided us beneficial information to work
    on. You have done a extraordinary job!

    1. Well thanks for the comment and I’ll keep trying to come up with interesting topics if you keep coming back.
      Bob L

  30. This is my very first time to visit here. I found numerous
    enjoyable stuff in your weblog, specifically in its discussion. I guess I am not the only one having all
    the enjoyment here! Keep up the excellent work.

  31. This is my first time to visit here. I discovered many
    interesting stuff as part of your blog, particularly its discussion. From the tons of comments on the posts, I guess I’m not the only one
    having most of the enjoyment! Keep up the superb job.

  32. I am really enjoying the theme/design of your blog. Do you ever run into
    any browser compatibility issues? A handful of
    my blog audience have complained about my website not operating correctly
    in Explorer but looks great in Firefox. Do you have any advice
    to help fix this issue?

    1. I’m not a expert on blog design, I just try to keep it simple and let the content do the talking. All I can say is my blog is hosted on IPAGE and the program is WordPress, I just used one of their more simple themes and it seems to work for me. Hope that helps!
      Bob L

  33. This is quite interesting, You’re a really skilled blogger.
    I have joined your feed and look forward to reading more of your outstanding post.

    Furthermore, I have shared your site in my social networks!

  34. I’m not that much of a internet reader in all honesty however your weblogs are great, keep it up!
    I’ll go ahead as well as bookmark your site
    to return in the future. Best wishes

    1. Thanks for the comment. Now that you’ve discovered ‘Science and Science Fiction’ I hope you’ll be back soon.
      Bob L

  35. Please let me know if you’re looking for a arficle author foor your site.
    You have some realoly good posts and I feel I would be a good asset.
    If you evcer want to take some oof the load off, I’d absolutely love to
    write some content for you blolg in exchange for a
    link baack to mine. Please send me an email if interested.

  36. Howdy! Someone in my Facebook group shared this site with us so I came to give it a look.
    I’m definitely loving the information. I’m book-marking and will be tweeting
    this to my followers! Fantastic blog and terrific design and style.

    1. Thanks for the comment. I keep getting compliments on the design of my blog but really I just followed the KISS rule, Keep It Simple Stupid!
      Bob L

  37. Wonderful blog you have here but I was curious about if you knew of any
    message boards that cover the same topics talked about in this article?
    I’d really like to be a part of community where I
    can get suggestions from other experienced individuals that
    share the same interest. If you have any recommendations,
    please let me know. Cheers!

    1. Thanks for the comment. The best suggestion is just Google “Astronomy message boards”, you’ll get dozens. But I do suggest your check out “Sky and Telescope” magazine’s website. It gives a good intro to amateur astronomy. Good Luck.
      Bob L

    1. Thanks for the comment. Now, I would like to point out that I’m not the one making the prediction. Still, if you think you have evidence against the model by all means let’s hear it! Looking forward to a reply.
      Bob L

  38. I see your site needs some fresh content.
    Writing manually is time consuming, but there is solution for this hard
    task. Just search for: Miftolo’s tools rewriter

    1. Thanks for the comment and I have checked out Miftolo but for now I’d prefer to stick with my own writing.
      Bob L

    1. I’m planning on a series of posts about the lives of stars which will discuss supernovas some more so keep checking back!
      Bob L

  39. Wow, fantastic blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?
    you make blogging seem easy. The general look of your site is wonderful,
    not to mention the content!

    1. Wow, people keep complimenting me on my blog layout when all I did was just pick a simple theme and stick with it! Seriously, I’ve only been blogging for about ten months now and I just write about things that interest me. I do have a Masters degree in Physics so Science and Science Fiction is kinda natural for me. Thanks for the comment!
      Bob L

    1. Let’s be honest now, there are no experts when it comes to Supernova! However we have learned a great deal about them over the last 50 years and if this prediction turns out correct, then we can say we’re beginning to fully understand them! Thanks for the comment!
      Bob L

  40. It’s the best time to make a few plans for the longer
    term and it’s time to be happy. I’ve read this put up
    and if I could I desire to counsel you some fascinating issues or suggestions.
    Perhaps you can write subsequent articles relating to this article.
    I desire to read even more things about it!

    1. Thanks for the comment and I hope you do get the hang of it. I hope you’ll find some of my other posts just as interesting!
      Bob L

  41. You really make it appear so easy together with your presentation but I find this topic to be really one thing that I believe I’d by no means understand.
    It kind of feels too complex and very huge for me.
    I am looking ahead for your subsequent publish, I will attempt to get the cling of it!

    1. Well thank you very much for the compliment. You can help make your prediction come true by telling all your friends!
      Bob L

  42. Someone necessarily assist to make critically posts I
    would state. This is the very first time I frequented your website page and to this point?
    I amazed with the research you made to make this particular submit amazing.
    Magnificent task!

  43. Good day! This is my first visit to your blog!

    We are a group of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche.
    Your blog provided us beneficial information to work on. You have done a marvellous

  44. Thank you a lot for sharing this with all folks you actually recognize what you’re speaking about!
    Bookmarked. Kindly additionally seek advice from my website =).
    We could have a link alternate contract between us

  45. I have been exploring for a little bit for any good quality articles or blog posts on this kind of area
    . Searching in Google I at last stumbled upon this website.

    Looking at this information made me happy that
    I’ve discovered exactly what I needed.

    1. Not at all off topic. I recommend just go to, they’ll set you up with a website. I use wordpress as the program running on my site, you can get it at ipage. The learning curve is kinda steep but after a couple of days playing around I got the hang of it. How much work is involved in running a site depends on you! Good Luck!!!
      Bob L

    1. Everybody keeps complimenting me on my site’s style. I just went with a ordinary theme and let my content do the talking. In other words, Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS)!
      Bob L

  46. Hello, i think that i saw you visited my website so i came to “return the
    favor”.I am trying to find things to enhance my website!I suppose its ok to use some
    of your ideas!!

    1. Ideas are fine but if you want to be a good blogger you need to know the rules about giving credit and plagiarism! I often use information from news articles but I put them in my own words and site the source of the information! Learn the rules and everybody is happy. Good Luck!!!
      Bob L

  47. Just desire to say your article is as astonishing. The clearness in your post is just cool and
    i can assume you are an expert on this subject.

    Well with your permission allow me to grab your feed to
    keep up to date with forthcoming post. Thanks
    a million and please continue the enjoyable work.

    1. Sorry I’m not on twitter, I like a longer format so I can go a little ways into the details of things. Hope you’ll keep coming back to my blog though and I’ll keep trying to make it interesting for you!
      Bob L

  48. Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Many thanks, However I am
    going through problems with your RSS. I don’t know the reason why I
    am unable to join it. Is there anybody getting similar RSS problems?
    Anybody who knows the solution will you kindly respond? Thanks!!

    1. I can’t think of any reason you’d have any problem. I average more than ten people a day registering for my blog so I don’t think there’s a problem. I hope you’ll try again and I wish you luck!
      Bob L

  49. Outstanding post however I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this
    subject? I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit more.
    Thank you!

  50. Excellent goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to and you’re just too magnificent.

    I actually like what you have acquired here, really like what you’re stating and the
    way in which you say it. You make it enjoyable and you still
    take care of to keep it sensible. I cant wait to read much more from
    you. This is really a terrific website.

  51. You really make it seem so easy along with your presentation however
    I in finding this matter to be really one thing which I feel I would never
    understand. It seems too complex and extremely large for me.
    I’m taking a look ahead on your subsequent put up, I’ll try to get the dangle of it!

    1. I keep getting praise about the design and layout of my blog. Now I don’t want to stop the compliments but really all I did was choose a clean, uncluttered theme and keep it simple.
      Bob L

    1. Well I’m sorry if you feel the quality has gone down. I’ll do my best to bring it back up to your standards!
      Bob L

    1. Thanks for the comment and if you think my site should have a higher position on the search engines tell your friends and maybe we can get it to go viral! Tanks again.
      Bob Lawler

  52. Pingback: Homepage
    1. I don’t know quite how to say this but the idea of commenting means that you write something. Hope to hear a little more from you next time!
      Bob L

    1. Thanks for the comment but I would like to say that I normally trash comments with links to other websites in them. You’d be disgusted to see some of the links people try to sneak onto my site. Your site seemed innocent enough but I have a rule and I’m going to stick with it. I hope you’ll comment again but please no links!
      Bob L

  53. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about this, like
    you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with some pics to drive the message home a little bit,
    but instead of that, this is excellent blog. A great read. I’ll certainly be back.

    1. I have taught Astronomy at Drexel University here in Philadelphia. Glad you liked the article and I hope you come back soon!
      Bob L

  54. Hello there, I found your site by means of Google while searching for a similar matter,
    your site came up, it seems to be great. I have bookmarked it
    in my google bookmarks.
    Hello there, just was alert to your blog thru Google,
    and found that it’s truly informative. I’m gonna watch out for
    brussels. I’ll appreciate in the event you proceed this in future.
    Many other people can be benefited out of your writing. Cheers!

  55. Howdy! This blog post could not be written much better!
    Reading through this post reminds me of my
    previous roommate! He always kept preaching about this.
    I most certainly will send this post to him. Pretty sure he will have a great read.
    I appreciate you for sharing!

  56. Hi there! This is my first visit to your blog!
    We are a collection of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche.
    Your blog provided us useful information to work on. You have done a wonderful job!

  57. Hi, I do think this is an excellent blog. I stumbledupon it 😉
    I am going to return once again since i have saved as a
    favorite it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and
    continue to guide other people.

    1. Well I won’t be getting rich from this blog but I certainly feel like I am with all the kind comments from people like you! Come back soon!
      Bob L

  58. I see you don’t monetize your website, don’t waste your
    traffic, you can earn extra bucks every month because you’ve got high quality
    content. If you want to know what is the best adsense alternative, type
    in google: adsense alternative Mertiso’s tips

    1. Well I’ll have to be more careful. That’s the problem with spell check. If you type in the wrong word it still thinks it’s correct.
      Bob L

  59. Thank you for another excellent post. Where else may anyone get that type of information in such an ideal approach of writing? I’ve a presentation subsequent week, and I am at the look for such information.

    1. I don’t know how you got here either but I’m glad you did! Now of course you should let all of your friends find their way here!
      Bob L

  60. I was curious if you ever thought of changing the page layout of your blog?
    Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so
    people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or two images.
    Maybe you could space it out better?

    1. Thanks for the comment and advice. It’s true my blog is a bit text heavy, but then it is a bit of a heavy topic. I’m still learning wordpress and am trying to figure out how to make the pictures bigger, and easier to see. Thanks again!
      Bob L

  61. You might be great! Thanks!Great blog here! Also your
    web site loads up fast! What web host are you using? Can I obtain your affiliate link to your host?
    I wish my website loaded up as quickly as yours lol

  62. After checking out a number of the blog aryicles on your website,
    I really appreciate your way oof blogging. I book-marked it to my bookmark webpage list and will be checking back soon. Take a look at my web site too andd let me know what you think.

    1. Thanks for the comment and if you like my site so much, why don’t you tell your fiends? I’ll be certain to check out your site.
      Bob L

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *