For several years now, Molner and his colleagues have been studying the binary star called KIC 9832227, located about 1,276 light-years from Earth. The team bolstered the case for its star-making quality last week at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society. The two stars that make up this pair in the constellation Cygnus (the swan) are spiraling towards one another, destined to collide. When they do, they're likely to form a red nova—a red-flashing explosion resulting in one new, massive star. If the researchers are correct, their years of observation will have a massive payoff: this would be the first time scientists accurately predicted the collision of two stars ahead of time.