Dying Stars

“Oh wow!” said the junior astronomer, “this telescope can really see everything!”

“Yes it can,” replied their supervisor, “it’s really a remarkable piece of equipment.”

The junior astronomer shifted in their seat, looking more closely at the image rendered on the screen in front of them.  “This star looks like it’s started exploding outwards, but it doesn’t look like it should be doing that just yet.”

The senior astronomer shifted in their seat slightly to look at a second screen and tapped on a keyboard.

“At least it’s far away from here, it says it’s a couple of light year away,” the junior astronomer said with a jokingly relieved sigh.

The senior astronomer leaned back, and looked out the window as the sky started burning.