From the roof of his tower, the astrologer made careful observations of the star. For the last three nights, its brilliance had steadily increased. It was even visible during the day. The light was a portent of great change in the world, but he would have to consult all his lore to determine if it was an omen for good or ill.
Fifty lightyears away, the energy harvesting experiments pushed the star into going nova early. The scientists did what they could to slow the reaction, but the result was inevitable. They only hoped that someone would see their warning.

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