Chapter EightAligning the Stars

In astronomical terms, we know that the nearest star to Earth is the sun, which serves as the constant source of most of the energy on our planet. We also know that novas are stars that draw attention because they brighten very significantly very rapidly. More dramatic even than the nova, the extremely luminous supernovae can cause a burst of radiation that often briefly outshines an entire galaxy before it fades over weeks or months, sometimes causing the star itself to destruct. Although rare in number, during its short role on the celestial stage, a supernova can radiate as much energy as the sun will emit over its entire life span, often causing the creation of new stars.

Like their celestial counterparts, ...

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