(NEWSnet) – In a year already noted by a brilliant northern lights show and a solar eclipse visible to millions, another rare and spectacular view is expected to happen soon in the sky.

NASA reports that a nova explosion is brewing within the constellation Corona Borealis, also known as the Northern Crown.

An area where there is now a dark spot in the night sky will be the location of a bright explosion so bright it will be visible by people on Earth without use of a telescope.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event that will create a lot of new astronomers out there, giving young people a cosmic event they can observe for themselves, ask their own questions, and collect their own data,” said Dr. Rebekah Hounsell, an assistant research scientist specializing in nova events at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

The Blaze Star formally known as T Coronae Borealis or “T CrB” is actually a binary star system of a white dwarf, or star remnant, paired along with a red giant star. The gravitational interactions are known to trigger an explosion, and for T CrB, that’s been repeating about every 80 years on average.

The first recorded incident was in the year 1217; and the most recent one was in 1946.

While the date of the pending eruption can’t be predicted, NASA scientists say the behavior of the nova is much like it was before the 1946 eruption.

When it happens, the outburst and its flash will probably be visible for a few days. Observation plans that are in place include using the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, James Webb Telescope and the European Space Agency’s INTEGRAL device.

“There are a few recurrent novae with very short cycles, but typically, we don’t often see a repeated outburst in a human lifetime, and rarely one so relatively close to our own system,” Hounsell said.

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