Full record for go supernova v.

Definition (of a star) to become a supernova;
OED requirements antedating 1942
Comment Mike Christie submitted a 1965 cite from Larry Niven's "One Face". Mike Christie submitted a 1942 cite from an editorial by John Campbell in Astounding. Mike Christie submitted a cite from a 1976 reprint of Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle's 1974 "The Mote in God's Eye". Mike Christie submitted a 1995 cite from Roger Zelazny's "The Three Descents of Jeremy Baker". Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a reprint of Poul Anderson's "A Sun Invisible"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1966 first magazine appearance. Ralf Brown located and Fred Galvin verified a 1977 cite from Donald Moffitt's "The Jupiter Theft". Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1992 reprint of Mike Resnick's 1981 "The Soul Eater".
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1942 J. W. Campbell Supernova Centaurus in Astounding Sci. Fiction Feb. 6/2 We've considered what might happen if Sol itself went nova. If it should go supernova, no worse could happen; Earth and all life on it would be fused and volatilized in either case.
1965 L. Niven in Galaxy Mag. June 189/1 It could have left the Main Sequence by going supernova or by suddenly expanding into a red giant, but if it had there wouldn't be any inner planets.
1966 P. Anderson Sun Invisible in Analog Sci. Fiction/Sci. Fact Apr. 130/1 Giant stars burn hydrogen so fast their existence is measured in millions of years. Millions, you hear, not billions. Beta Centauri can hardly be ten million years old. More than half its stable lifetime is past. It'll go supernova and become a white dwarf. Life'd have no chance to evolve before the planets were destroyed.
1974 L. Niven & J. Pournelle Mote in God's Eye (1976) 278 For astrophysics, perhaps verra important, Captain. They hae been watching yon supergiant for aye their history as it passed across the Coal Sack. 'Twill go supernova and then become a black hole┬ľand the Moties say they know when.
1977 D. Moffitt Jupiter Theft 254 One of their suns was going to go supernova. And they had half a million years to get ready for it.
1995 R. Zelazny Three Descents of Jeremy Baker in Mag. Fantasy & Sci. Fiction July 127 We were once a race of material beings but we were sufficiently evolved that when we saw our sun was going to go supernova we elected to transform ourselves into this state and study it rather than flee.
2006 Apex Science Fiction & Horror Digest Summer 72 Even though his head was going supernova, Hardin grinned.