So astronomers recently caught sight of a supernova that is closer to earth than any seen before (about 21 million light years away). And they saw it reeeally really close to the beginning of the explosion. Pretty cool.
“At a mere 21 million light-years from Earth, a relatively small distance by astronomical standards, the supernova is still getting brighter, and might even be visible with good binoculars in ten days’ time, appearing brighter than any other supernova of its type in the last 30 years.”
They say the best time to see this exploding star will be just after evening twilight in the Northern hemisphere in a week or so. We’ll need dark skies and a good pair of binoculars, although a small telescope would be even better.
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“In 1978, Bolaji Badejo, a graphic design student who was spotted in a bar and chosen to play a monster role due to his immense 6”10 height and slender frame, left Shepperton Studios after his last day of shooting and apparently never resurfaced again. Despite playing the titular monster in some of its most pivotal scenes [corridor Alien shots, Lambert/Parker death, Narcissus finale – other stuntmen portrayed the more physical stunts], Badejo features in no Alien retrospective documentary, other than in glimpses of him in archve footage. Unlike Predator creature actor Kevin Peter Hall, Bolaji was not an actor, and has not enjoyed the cult status of the late Hall. Bolaji Badejo has simply disappeared.”
‘Bolaji was about seven feet tall and looked like he came from a different universe anyway, and they made up this Alien suit for him. Ridley was very careful not to have him standing around, drinking tea with us during breaks and because he was kept apart from us and we never chatted, when it came to seeing him as this creature during a scene, it was electrifying. It didn’t feel that we were acting scared at all.’
Sigourney Weaver, Daily Mail interview, 2010.
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