Two Suns for Earth by 2012?

Friday, January 21, 2011

It looks like earth could be in for a once-in-a-lifetime visual treat.

According to Dr Brad Carter, Senior Lecturer of Physics at the University of Southern Queensland, Betelgeuse — the second biggest star in the universe, will go super-nova before 2012, and when the gravitation collapse occurs, we will see a second sun in the sky.

A second sun is the stuff of science fiction lore. In 2010 and in Star Wars, the stories conceived of second suns visual from earth. This time, science fiction will become science fact.

Dr. Brad Carter explains:

“This old star is running out of fuel in its center. This fuel keeps Betelgeuse shining and supported. When this fuel runs out the star will literally collapse in upon itself and it will do so very quickly. It goes bang, it explodes, it lights up – we’ll have incredible brightness for a brief period of time for a couple of weeks and then over the coming months it begins to fade and then eventually it will be very hard to see at all.”

As expected, the web is being flooded with doomsday theories saying the impending supernova confirms the Mayan calendar’s prediction of the Armageddon in 2012.

The conspiracies aren’t helped by the word “Betelgeuse” being associated with the devil. Some people have already started stocking up on canned food.

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9 Responses to Two Suns for Earth by 2012?

  1. Big Hank says:

    This is an amazing story.

    The universe is a living, changing thing and our understanding of it is always growing. A thousand years ago — shoot, 500 years ago, people prayed to the rain Gods to make their crops viable. Now we see the world and the universe in scientific terms.

    Great post.

  2. Pechanga says:

    One day, earth’s sun will go the same way as Betelgeuse and humans will not exist unless we find an alternative planet to relocate to.

    The anti-science people who want to filter this event through the filter of the Mayan calendar remind me of terrified sheep. They’re bleating and running for the hills. The scary thing is, some of them serve in the Congress like Jim DeMint and Orrin Hatch and make important budgetary decisions.

  3. BiShoP says:

    @BIG HANK… Some may understand the workings of universe, but there are still people praying to gods for rain and their crops.

  4. Estacada says:

    The natural world is a strange and awesome thing.

    I love reading about things like this. Do you guys remember the Hale Bop comet back in 1996 or 1997? For five days, we could see it in the late day sky like a foreign visitor from another planet. It was so beautiful and because it passed earth in June, our local skies were clear and we could see it each perfectly.

  5. Miss Courtet says:

    Very cool!

  6. deepak anand says:

    This is not possible.I think is only one accident of universe .you know god is great and he do some thing for fight this problem.

  7. libhomo says:

    I wonder if the supernova will temporarily heat the planet.

  8. Deepak Anand,

    Suns don’t ever go super-nova? Seriously?

    I think you’re wrong and need to study astronomy a tad more. While not an everyday occurrence, suns do in fact come a natural end of their life and collapse.

  9. Melhael says:

    Betelgeuse is about 650 ly away from Earth. How could the light from the explosion reach us in less than a year? Or do they imply that the explosion already happened? I’m confused. :/

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