Originally Posted by Moogs
[600 Light Years away or so... may have already asploded!] Or, it could be a 1000 years yet before it asplodes... maybe we will feel the shock wave of the asplosions on December 21, 2012.
It has shrunk 15% in the last 20 years, so we might be very lucky and see it right at the end of our lives but I very much doubt it. I (crazily) guess it probably has to shrink at least 90% until it hits the iron core and rebounds, which means probably another 100 years at least.