Earth May Get Second Sun in 2012?

Two SunsMan, I always thought this would happen to Jupiter in 2010. Claire Connelly had a different sci-fi film in mind, as she writes on News.com.au:

It’s the ultimate experience for Star Wars fans — staring forlornly off into the distance as twin suns sink into the horizon.

Yet it’s not just a figment of George Lucas’s imagination — twin suns are real. And here’s the big news – they could be coming to Earth.

Yes, any day now we see a second sun light up the sky, if only for a matter of weeks.

The infamous red super-giant star in Orion’s nebula — Betelgeuse — is predicted to go gangbusters and the impending super-nova may reach Earth before 2012, and when it does, all of our wildest Star Wars dreams will come true.

The second biggest star in the Orion constellation is losing mass, a typical indication that a gravitation collapse is occurring. When that happens, we’ll get our second sun, according to Dr Brad Carter, Senior Lecturer of Physics at the University of Southern Queensland.

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38 Comments on "Earth May Get Second Sun in 2012?"

  1. justagirl | Jan 21, 2011 at 4:05 pm |

    also, next month, mars will appear to be the size of a full moon.

  2. justagirl | Jan 21, 2011 at 12:05 pm |

    also, next month, mars will appear to be the size of a full moon.

  3. That’s an urban legend.

  4. justagirl | Jan 21, 2011 at 5:45 pm |

    yes. i know…

  5. Kurdt Skjærgaardsø | Jan 22, 2011 at 6:37 am |

    We thank you for your assistance, Captain Obvious.

  6. How did the black monoliths get all the way out to Belegeuse?

  7. How did the black monoliths get all the way out to Belegeuse?

  8. Betelgeuse is VERY far away… so all visual indications of it losing mass have already happened hundreds of years ago. If it “explodes” in 2012, it actually already happened. Idiocy.

  9. Betelgeuse is VERY far away… so all visual indications of it losing mass have already happened hundreds of years ago. If it “explodes” in 2012, it actually already happened. Idiocy.

  10. “The bad news is, it could also happen in a million years. But who’s counting?”

    So I guess the headline is *technically* true. *grins*

  11. “The bad news is, it could also happen in a million years. But who’s counting?”

    So I guess the headline is *technically* true. *grins*

  12. DAMMIT!!

  13. Captain Obvious | Jan 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm |

    Marshmallows are sticky.

  14. No idiots…that star is 640 light years away…even if it exploded today, we won’t see it for another 640 years, the light from the explosion will only travel at the speed of light.

  15. No idiots…that star is 640 light years away…even if it exploded today, we won’t see it for another 640 years, the light from the explosion will only travel at the speed of light.

    • Yes but the measurements of it losing mass also happened 640 light year ago… which means they are predicting the star has already gone supernova and the event light will get “soon”. Of course all speculation.

    • danielconoroloughlin | Jan 23, 2011 at 2:57 am |

      Thank you. I was just going to say that. This is the dumbest article ever. You shouldn’t write things like this if you have absolutely no understanding of astronomy.

  16. Yes but the measurements of it losing mass also happened 640 light year ago… which means they are predicting the star has already gone supernova and the event light will get “soon”. Of course all speculation.

  17. Even if we do see Betelgeuse go supernova soon, it won’t appear bright enough to be counted as a “second sun,” and won’t affect our weather at all like an actual second sun would. Sorry.

    On the other hand, binary star systems do seem to be the majority in our galaxy, so there are actually planets that have two suns. Whether or not they have life on them is up for debate…

  18. Even if we do see Betelgeuse go supernova soon, it won’t appear bright enough to be counted as a “second sun,” and won’t affect our weather at all like an actual second sun would. Sorry.

    On the other hand, binary star systems do seem to be the majority in our galaxy, so there are actually planets that have two suns. Whether or not they have life on them is up for debate…

  19. “all of our wildest Star Wars dreams will come true.”

    So we’ll get lightsabers?

  20. “all of our wildest Star Wars dreams will come true.”

    So we’ll get lightsabers?

  21. Anonymous | Jan 23, 2011 at 6:57 am |

    Thank you. I was just going to say that. This is the dumbest article ever. You shouldn’t write things like this if you have absolutely no understanding of astronomy.

  22. Why are you spreading that nonsense, first of all it might not happen for a million years, second it wouldn’t be nearly as bright as the sun, more like the moon at about 100,000th as bright as the sun.

  23. Why are you spreading that nonsense, first of all it might not happen for a million years, second it wouldn’t be nearly as bright as the sun, more like the moon at about 100,000th as bright as the sun.

  24. This is probably a cover story for nibiru,that way they can cover there but for not warning the public.,just incase some survive 2012.

  25. This is probably a cover story for nibiru,that way they can cover there but for not warning the public.,just incase some survive 2012.

  26. not until there’s a month with 5 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays!

  27. justagirl | Apr 21, 2011 at 1:19 pm |

    that’s not too far off. i hope it’s a clear night.

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