Monday, January 24, 2011

Could we (temporarily) get a second sun?

Could we (temporarily) get a second sun?
POSTED ON JANUARY 24, 2011, AT 1:12 PM

"Dwellers of the fictional "Star Wars" planet Tatooine live under two suns. Earthlings may soon enjoy the same distinction, according to a report in Australia's that is provoking scorn in parts of the scientific community. Betelgeuse, the ninth-brightest star visible to humans, is expected to transform itself from a "super red giant" to a "supernova." If it does so as soon as the end of 2012, the report suggests, "we could see a second sun light up the sky, if only for a matter of weeks." Others say the process could take another million years and that the 2012 prediction is just apocalyptic wishful thinking."

This sounds really fun. It would be a once in a lifetime occurrence, I think. Definitely going to have to get pictures of this if/when it happens.

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