Praxillus nova

Praxillus going nova

A nova is when a star dramatically increases in brightness over a relatively short period of time.

Kataan's sun went nova in the 14th century, destroying all life on the planet. The star's brightening was noted by the natives of the planet, who launched a probe to preserve some of their culture. (TNG: "The Inner Light")

Doctor Timicin's attempt to revitalize Beta Praxillus in 2367 ultimately resulted in the star going nova, due to unexpected neutron migration within the stellar core. (TNG: "Half a Life")

Although the term "nova" was used in "The Doomsday Machine", "Plato's Stepchildren", "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky", "The Empath", and "All Our Yesterdays", the context indicates that the intended meaning was supernova.

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