Earth ‘to get second sun’ as supernova turns night into day

By David Gardner
Last updated on 22nd January 2011

The Earth could soon have a second sun, at least for a week or two.

The cosmic phenomenon will happen when one of the brightest stars in the night sky explodes into a supernova.

And, according to a report yesterday, the most stunning light show in the planet’s history could happen as soon as this year.

Cosmic phenomenon: The earth could soon have two suns when one of the brightest stars in the night sky explodes into a supernovaCosmic phenomenon: The Earth could soon see two suns – just like Luke Skywalker saw on Tatooine in the Star Wars film (pictured) 

Earth will undoubtedly have a front row seat when the dying red supergiant star Betelgeuse finally blows itself into oblivion.

The explosion will be so bright that even though the star in the Orion constellation is 640 light-years away, it will still turn night into day and appear like there are two suns in the sky for a few weeks.

The only real debate is over exactly when it will happen.
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A NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) image of the Sun. Many people may be surprised to learn that the Sun, rather than burn with faultless consistency, goes through moments of calm and tempest

Several online news sites, including the Huffington Post, have reported that the star Betelgeuse will undergo a supernova explosion next year – yes, that’s 2012 – and shine as brightly in the sky as a second sun.

But according to scientists, it’s all nonsense.

“Betelgeuse is losing mass, and it will turn into a supernova soon, but that ‘soon’ means on an astronomical time scale: It’s as likely to happen a million years from now as it is tomorrow,” University of Illinois astronomer Jim Kaler told Life’s Little Mysteries, a sister site of SPACE.com.

No one knows quite when Betelgeuse, which is about 10 to 20 times more massive than our sun, will explode. But when it does detonate, the star, which forms the constellation Orion’s right shoulder, won’t look like a second sun in our sky, Kaler said.  More

 

Interesting ‘connecting-the-dots’ comment by mocachapeau

  • “it will make a God-awful mess of the constellation Orion”
    Well isn’t that interesting? Orion, the home of our apparent “4D controllers”, is quite possibly on the verge of becoming a “God-awful mess”. And those same controllers are presently working very hard to turn the Earth into their new home by replacing us with 3D bodies that are receptive to their vibrational frequency.

    It sort of fits, doesn’t it?
    Added: Sat, 22 Jan 2011

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