The short-lived blaze of glory was witnessed on Earth in 1670 as a nova, which is now known as CK Vulpeculae
The explosive behaviour of R Aquarii can tell us about the two stars that comprise the system
The first sighting of such activity, it suggests that our current understanding of star habits and their capabilities is incomplete
They’re bright and they’re violent but what else do we know about these stellar explosions?
It might not be super, but it’s still a very impressive explosion.