“If you are a dreamer come in
If you are a dreamer a wisher a liar
A hoper a pray-er a magic-bean-buyer
If youre a pretender com sit by my fire
For we have some flax golden tales to spin
Come in!” -Shel Silverstein
There are fakers out there of all types, to be sure. But one of the most unexpected ones is the ultimate cosmic faker: a giant star that erupts and pretends to be a supernova!
Just because something brightens tremendously to become visible to the eye, perhaps even outshining all the other stars in its vicinity, doesn’t mean it has to be a supernova, and it doesn’t mean it needs to destroy its progenitor star, either. Sometimes, you get a supernova impostor!
What’s the deal with these cosmic charlatans? Go read the whole story and find out!