Supernova may produce two suns

Second sun on its way
From The Telegraph 1/22/2011

The Earth could find itself with a ‘second sun’ for a period of weeks later this year when one of the night sky’s most luminous stars explodes, scientists have claimed.

  • The supernova could provide the biggest light show since Earth was formed, and will be so bright that night will become like day for one or two weeks, experts said. Betelgeuse, which is part of the Orion constellation 640 light years away from Earth, is a red supergiant, meaning that it is nearing the end of its life and is due to explode.
  • When it does do, it will burn so brightly that the earth will appear to have two suns in the sky, the Daily Mail reported. What is less certain is when it will explode.
  • Brad Carter, senior lecturer of physics at the University of southern Queensland in Australia, said the explosion could take place before the end of the year – or indeed at any point over the next million years. <em>Re: 12/21/2012, this would be very exciting except it would take many light years for us to see this phenomenon and none of us will be here.

 

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Beryl Gorbman is a writer and private investigator who divides her time between Seattle WA and Merida Yucatan Mexico. She has published two works of fiction, 2012: Deadly Awakening, and Madrugada. They are both available on Amazon and other outlets. Also at Amate Books, and Casa Catherwood in Merida. You can read about them in various articles on this site.
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2 Responses to Supernova may produce two suns

  1. If it is 640 light years away, then we are examining its condition about 640 years ago. It may have already exploded – any time up to 640 years ago – and we may just be awaiting the flash. We can only say – that in absolute time – as of 640 years ago, it has not exploded.

    I have a headache now. But I think that is right.

  2. Jessie Dye says:

    I bet it’s going to blow on 12.21.12!

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