Just last week a new “star”, Nova Centauri 2013, was discovered by Australian amateur astronomer John Seach. Nova Centauri 2013, is so bright, that it can now be seen with the unaided eye.

When we look at the night sky, most of the stars we see are suns. These stars are enormous spheres of hydrogen and helium gas, held together by the force of gravity. At their cores, hydrogen is fused into helium via nuclear fusion, and the energy released from nuclear fusion can power stars for billions of years.

However, Nova Centauri 2013 is a very different beast to the typical star or our Sun. And it won’t be hanging around for long.