Achernar, a blue-white star in the constellation Eridanus. Achernar has an apparent magnitude of 0.5, making it one of the brightest stars in the nighttime sky. It is visible only from locations south of about 32 North latitude. The star has an absolute magnitude of -2.3 and is approximately 118 light-years from the earth.
Do the two meet for one final, fantastic explosion? Or maybe the sun just gets a bit of wind? Or maybe nothing of consequence happens at all? Only one way to find out.
A dying star can explode with the force of a few octillion nuclear bombs and create any element in the universe. But why do stars go supernova?