A star is "on the brink" of JUL 24 2006
A star is "on the brink" of going type 1a supernova, something modern scientists have never witnessed. BTW, when you're dealing with stars, "on the brink" could refer to a period of time up to 100,000 years from now. Oh, and if you're the type of person who likes to be a smart ass in the back of the room, you'll note that since the star is nearly 2000 light years away, we may have already missed it. Nerd.