to go supernova (of a star) to become a supernova; (more generally, of a star, planet, etc.) to explode (also used figuratively)
We’ve considered what might happen if Sol itself went nova. If it should go supernova, no worse could happen; Earth and all life on it would be fused and volatilized in either case.
It could have left the Main Sequence by going supernova or by suddenly expanding into a red giant, but if it had there wouldn’t be any inner planets.
Giant stars burn hydrogen so fast their existence is measured in millions of years. Millions, you hear, not billions. Beta Centauri can hardly be ten million years old. More than half its stable lifetime is past. It’ll go supernova and become a white dwarf. Life’d have no chance to evolve before the planets were destroyed.
For astrophysics, perhaps verra important, Captain. They hae been watching yon supergiant for aye their history as it passed across the Coal Sack. ‘Twill go supernova and then become a black hole—and the Moties say they know when.
One of their suns was going to go supernova. And they had half a million years to get ready for it.
We were once a race of material beings but we were sufficiently evolved that when we saw our sun was going to go supernova we elected to transform ourselves into this state and study it rather than flee.
Even though his head was going supernova, Hardin grinned.
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