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KIC_9832227 (Precursor) - Possible Binary Star Merger in Cygnus

Technical card

Resolution: 3310x2770

Dates: Aug. 26, 2017

Blue: 10x60" bin 1x1
Green: 10x60" bin 1x1
Red: 10x60" bin 1x1

Integration: 0.5 hours

Avg. Moon age: 4.79 days

Avg. Moon phase: 23.79% job: 1901763

RA center: 292.328 degrees

DEC center: 46.579 degrees

Pixel scale: 1.436 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 359.907 degrees

Field radius: 0.860 degrees

Locations: The Hills Observatory, Manchester, United Kingdom


This is my image of a candidate precursor for an imminent Red Nova in Cygnus ~ 2022

KIC_9832227 is a contact binary where the stars orbit so close together, they kiss. They can even share a common outer atmosphere, like two peanuts inside their mutual dumbbell shell.

I took this on 26 Aug 2017 so I had an image before the Nova.

For more details see: Sky and Telescope



Mike Oates

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KIC_9832227 (Precursor) - Possible Binary Star Merger in Cygnus, 


        Mike Oates