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Date: 01/23/11 10:27 AM

98 Responses to Earth Can Have A Second Sun By 2012

  1. Profile photo of BenTheBug
    BenTheBug Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 10:27 am
    Link: Earth Can Have A Second Sun By 2012 - Earth could temporarily gain another sun in 2012.
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    kribbe Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 10:35 am
    wow, this would truly be the most awesome thing in my entire life if it is true
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    gorgack2000 Male 13-17
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    January 23, 2011 at 10:35 am
    "In a follow-up piece on news.com.au, Dr. Carter stressed that there is no way of knowing when the star may go supernova. U.S. astronomer Phil Plait added, "Betelgeuse might go up tonight, or it might not be for 100,000 years. We`re just not sure."

    This is the most important part of the whole article.
  4. Profile photo of SilverThread
    SilverThread Male 30-39
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    January 23, 2011 at 10:36 am
    GODDAMN! 2012 is BOGUS people! Anyone that buys into the 2012 apocalypse bulls#it is a complete effing moron.
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    tomboygirl12 Female 13-17
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    January 23, 2011 at 10:36 am
    About as likely as the end of the world in 2012, but hey, dangerous particles and two suns, wonderful huh?
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    ElMustache Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 10:37 am
    (insert star wars theme music) I want to learn the ways of the force and become a jedi, like my father.
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    malikymoo Female 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 10:39 am
    that would be sooo soo cool. or warm
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    TopperHey Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 10:39 am
    Random article about no news in particuar lol. I`m a fan of letting people know about supernovae and whatnot, just incase one goes off. I mean, an awful lot of people loose it when it snows; can you imagine how people would behave if it was suddenly daytime at nighttime?
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    newbzoorz Male 13-17
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    January 23, 2011 at 10:40 am
    Will it be really freaking hot?
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 10:40 am
    Strange how the newspaper can predict cosmic events that occur millions of years apart down to a year accuracy, whereas the scientist can only say "soon".
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    Skeezer1991 Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 10:40 am
    Yea.. Sure....
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    Kainonis Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 10:47 am
    This isn`t true. XP Supernovas cannot be predicted like that, sorry.
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    SgtKunnt Male 30-39
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    January 23, 2011 at 10:48 am
    Won`t happen in our lifetimes. They`re just trying secondary scaremongering tactics, by naming something with extraordinary power that `could` happen by 2012. When people read this as `apocalypse` and start panicking, then they`ll have another story to write about.

    They said it themselves in the article. It could happen tomorrow. So them mentioning 2012 is just to incite fear.

    Also it contradicts itself.

    1: "In fact, a neutrino shower could be beneficial to Earth."
    2: "UPDATE: To clarify, the news.com.au article does not say a neutrino shower could be beneficial to Earth"

    Err.. well yes it did.
  14. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    January 23, 2011 at 10:49 am
    Don`t believe anything written on Huff Po.
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    LadyIsis Female 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 11:00 am
    That would be awesome!
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    shappy Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 11:05 am
    i always end up reading the comments here and feel very depressed... some of you guys are real buzzkills
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    January 23, 2011 at 11:06 am
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    FuriousYello Male 30-39
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    January 23, 2011 at 11:14 am
    No.. Just.. No.. As already said.. We don`t know when it will blow and even then it will not be "a second sun" (won`t even be as bright as the moon) or dangerous at all..

    Phil Plait gives a nice rundown on BA if anyone is interested in the real story..
    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2011/01/21/betelgeuse-and-2012/
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    jendrian Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 11:26 am
    haha someone`s confusing neutrons with neutrinos in that article, and I bet a million bucks it`s not the physics professor
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    jendrian Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 11:26 am
    haha Davymid wins
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    Volsunga Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 11:27 am

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    jendrian Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 11:28 am
    it`s so sad that Betelgeuse is dying, it looks so pretty up there all big and shiny
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    Caretta Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 11:31 am
    Poorly written crap.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    January 23, 2011 at 11:37 am
    WOW! That Blinded Me With ...



  25. Profile photo of BenTheBug
    BenTheBug Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 11:43 am
    I submitted this because I thought it was interesting. As for the year (that`s in any other article I could find on the subject), I assumed that`s when the process starts and how long it would take to become visible is unknown. I`ll admit I`m not as smart as everyone else on here claims to be, but like I said, this seemed interesting.

    "GODDAMN! 2012 is BOGUS people! Anyone that buys into the 2012 apocalypse bulls#it is a complete effing moron."

    We all know it`s bullpoo, that`s not what the article is about.
  26. Profile photo of FuriousYello
    FuriousYello Male 30-39
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    January 23, 2011 at 11:46 am
    "As for the year (that`s in any other article I could find on the subject), I assumed that`s when the process starts and how long it would take to become visible is unknown."

    If it goes supernove in 2012, we won`t know about it for about 600 years..

    It could have already blown up and we wouldn`t know about it because of the distance..
  27. Profile photo of Rick_S
    Rick_S Male 40-49
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    January 23, 2011 at 11:51 am
    You`re all missing the best part of this happening. We`d all be able to look at the stars and say "I remember when Orion had broad shoulders like a man! Now, you kids get off my lawn!
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    Concetra Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 11:51 am

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    G0T0Guy Male 30-39
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    January 23, 2011 at 11:53 am
    There is a better chance of everyone reading this winning a mega lottery on the same day than that article happening.
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    danthew Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 11:54 am
    Betelgeuse being "close" to nova is nothing new. It`s been close for ages and most likely it`ll be close for a long while yet. Still I really want it to nova in my lifetime, it`d be so cool. It wouldn`t be a second Sun like the article says, but it could still be visible in the day and will probably make shadows at night.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    January 23, 2011 at 11:55 am
    Stupid article is stupid!
    If Betelgeuse were to blow up, it could be close enough to Earth that we`d experience a mass extinction, yay! Something to look foreward too!

    It might have happened already, it might not happen for 1,000,000 years... science made stupid! For the Huffington Post crowd!
  32. Profile photo of TheShgn2
    TheShgn2 Male 13-17
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    January 23, 2011 at 12:04 pm
    If the supernova is that close, isn`t that when gamma rays burn the poo out of the Earth?
  33. Profile photo of BenTheBug
    BenTheBug Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 12:04 pm
    "If it goes supernove in 2012, we won`t know about it for about 600 years..

    It could have already blown up and we wouldn`t know about it because of the distance.."

    So it could`ve happened already and become visible by next year?

    Really, all I care about in this article is that a supernova could be visible from Earth in the next 1 - 100,000 years. I know it`s a wide margin, but I still think it`s pretty cool... maybe I should be more cynical.

    "If Betelgeuse were to blow up, it could be close enough to Earth that we`d experience a mass extinction, yay! Something to look foreward too!"

    lolz
  34. Profile photo of Cajun247
    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 12:08 pm


    Woah man! Twin suns all the way!!!! It`s startin to look like triple stars! What does it mean?
  35. Profile photo of Vindictive
    Vindictive Female 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 12:16 pm
    Huffington Post, did not read.
  36. Profile photo of keith2
    keith2 Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 12:17 pm
    we`re all fuct
  37. Profile photo of panth753
    panth753 Female 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm
    That was stupid.
  38. Profile photo of FuriousYello
    FuriousYello Male 30-39
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    January 23, 2011 at 12:22 pm
    "If the supernova is that close, isn`t that when gamma rays burn the poo out of the Earth?"

    Nah.. it would have to be much closer.. something like 25 lightyears away before it do any real damage..

    "So it could`ve happened already and become visible by next year? "

    Yup.. Betegeuse is approx 600 lightyears from earth, so what we see is BG from 600 years ago..

    "Really, all I care about in this article is that a supernova could be visible from Earth in the next 1 - 100,000 years. I know it`s a wide margin, but I still think it`s pretty cool... "

    Absolutely.. It would be a once in several lifetimes event and indeed very very cool! :-)

    With it being close enough to be visible and quite close to going supernova (at least we think so) BG is the best chance we have of ever seing such an event.. I really hope it happens in my lifetime..
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    Dagaz20 Female 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 12:23 pm
    ....tatooing?
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    Vanadil Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 12:32 pm
    "Betelgeuse is expected to explode as a type II supernova, possibly within the next million years."

    A little bit of googling and wiki take the fun out of stupid articles fro me now :(

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    ggolbez Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 12:35 pm
    If you actually do some research, you realize how drating stupid that columnist is. He does not have his facts straight, at all.
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    jtrebowski Male 40-49
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    January 23, 2011 at 12:57 pm
    Too bad it won`t happen. The tinfoil hat-wearers would be going apoplectic! LOL!
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    spoon024 Female 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 1:06 pm
    Even though that article was pretty poorly written even with the updates, I still hope I`m around to see this happen.
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    martinikene Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 1:23 pm
    Yeah, that would be on top of my coolest things I have ever seen list. For sure.
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    green_batman Female 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 1:32 pm
    Yeah, the 2012 part is just the reporter hyping up the story for the crazies who believe in the 2012 doomsday scenario. We can`t predict events of that scale to such a precise degree that we can pinpoint a year. The best we can do is estimating any time now, with a range of a few hundred thousand or a few million years.
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    s0rd3dvis1on Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 1:44 pm
    I hope we will have developed eye augmentation aso we could all see the non visible spectrum of the supernova
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    duffytoler Male 40-49
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    January 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm
    Article lists the distance to Betelgeuse as 1300ly.
    Wikipedia lists it as 643ly (with a reference).
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    fabarati Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 2:19 pm
    NOOO! Where will Ford Prefect live? WHERE?!
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    xavroche Male 30-39
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    January 23, 2011 at 2:22 pm
    So for a period of two weeks sometime in the next couple hundred millenniums, a bright event will happen in the sky....

    And this warranted a topic title indicating that we might have a second sun this year...

    Epic fail...
  50. Profile photo of Shisi
    Shisi Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 2:27 pm
    Doesn`t this mean, technically, the star has already sploded... We just cant see it yet because the light hasn`t reached earth.
  51. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    January 23, 2011 at 3:23 pm
    Oh lordy me, not this bull again.

    It`s far too far away. If it went supernova long enough ago for the light to reach us next year, it would (a) not be anything like a second sun and (b) would not be anywhere near as bright as a second sun.

    It`s all bull, and added to it is the bull that if Betelguese went nova next year we`d see it next year.

    Besides, there`s no way to get even a vaguely accurate prediction of when it went or will go nova. Might have been 400 years ago. Might not be for another couple of hundred thousand years.

    There`s so much bullpoo being tossed around that the huge steaming pile of bullpoo might reach enough mass to become that second star.
  52. Profile photo of Cajun247
    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 3:26 pm
    Hold on IAB this isn`t an end-of-the-world prediction, just something mind-blowingly spectacular is just going to happen that day.
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    Webz Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 3:42 pm
    "Betelgeuse might go up tonight, or it might not be for 100,000 years."

    2012 you say?
  54. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    January 23, 2011 at 3:42 pm
    If the supernova is that close, isn`t that when gamma rays burn the poo out of the Earth?

    No, that`s a gamma ray burst.

    A supernova isn`t dangerous unless it`s within about 25 light years and even then it wouldn`t burn the poo out of the Earth. It would need to be right next door for that. Since the nearest star that could just about possibly go nova is Spica and that`s about 265 light years away, we don`t have to care.

    As for gamma ray bursts, they could be dangerous within about 6000 light years but they`re highly directional and rare. Current estimates are that it`s unlikely that one has ever occured that close to Earth, probably won`t for a few billion more years, would almost certainly miss Earth if it did and wouldn`t cause massive devastation if it did hit Earth - it might blind people looking directly at it and it might stop plants photosynthesising for maybe as long as a minute.
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    Quackor Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 3:46 pm
    aaa news specially customized for the stupid, its a wonderful world we live in
  56. Profile photo of MrYouKnow
    MrYouKnow Male 13-17
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    January 23, 2011 at 3:49 pm
    Can it still be called a second sun if it`s just an explosion off in the distance?
  57. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    January 23, 2011 at 3:54 pm
    In case anyone is wondering, I am including the sun in that. Sol couldn`t go nova unless you pulled stars from somewhere else and rammed them into Sol - if you added at least a dozen times as much mass, the combination might possibly go nova eventually.

    As for the sci-fi idea of a weapon that makes a star go nova...it`s a plot device. You can`t possibly add enough energy to do that. Our own star, which is pretty small as stars go, is a nuclear fusion reactor nearly a million miles wide that converts about 5,000 tonnes of matter to energy per second, or about 5,000,000,000 times the energy of the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Every second. Firing any weapon at that would be like adding a drop of water to an ocean.
  58. Profile photo of Inter237
    Inter237 Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 3:58 pm
    pretty interesting story. Cool to experience something like that.
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    Maromi Female 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 4:11 pm
    you can`t call it a second sun, wouldn`t you just call it Betelgeuse? i thought sun was just the name of our star...or am i mistaken?
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    akijade Female 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 4:13 pm
    There`s a lot of back pedaling in that article and the updates. "We`ll have two suns, and it will be awesome!" "Well... maybe not awesome persay, but it could be useful." "We might never see two suns."
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    January 23, 2011 at 4:14 pm

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    Jasonbobdude Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 4:16 pm
    Cool, but the last thing we need when all the end-of-the-world theorists are running around is a second sun and possibility of no nighttime.
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    CoyoteKing Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 5:36 pm
    that would be pretty cool to see. i hope it happens during my life time
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    danthew Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 5:44 pm
    "added to it is the bull that if Betelguese went nova next year we`d see it next year"
    I think generally when people say it might go nova next year they mean we might see it next year. The fact the light takes thousands of years to get to us is interesting but irrelevant.
  65. Profile photo of Rick_S
    Rick_S Male 40-49
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    January 23, 2011 at 6:10 pm
    "i thought sun was just the name of our star...or am i mistaken?"

    You are mistaken. The name of our sun is Sol. It`s called The Sun, with capital letters, as a common name. Like dogs are called dogs, but their scientific name is Canis familiaris.
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    Rick_S Male 40-49
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    January 23, 2011 at 6:12 pm
    "Oh lordy me, not this bull again.

    It`s far too far away. If it went supernova long enough ago for the light to reach us next year, it would (a) not be anything like a second sun and (b) would not be anywhere near as bright as a second sun.

    It`s all bull, and added to it is the bull that if Betelguese went nova next year we`d see it next year.

    Besides, there`s no way to get even a vaguely accurate prediction of when it went or will go nova. Might have been 400 years ago. Might not be for another couple of hundred thousand years.

    There`s so much bullpoo being tossed around that the huge steaming pile of bullpoo might reach enough mass to become that second star."

    Pretty much. The scientists behind this version of the story are on the same page as you are. You can`t predict when it will happen (and by that, they mean when we will observe it happening, which will be approximately 600 years after it happening). So, we might see it nex
  67. Profile photo of rikakitty
    rikakitty Female 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 6:21 pm
    But how would that affect the temperature of Earth? O.o
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    popsiclemyk Male 13-17
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    January 23, 2011 at 6:26 pm
    how many starwars jokes already?
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    HalfSandwich Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 7:00 pm
    so a crazy, godless, liberal website has gotten basic science completely wrong, who cares? george bush is still a nazi!!
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    FAKEBACON Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 7:08 pm
    ...give or take a million years
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    SunnyNphilly Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 7:15 pm
    beetlejuice beetlejuice beetlejuice
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    CurlybackJoe Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 7:23 pm
    "But how would that affect the temperature of Earth? O.o"

    It wouldn`t.
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    handys003 Male 50-59
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    January 23, 2011 at 8:24 pm
    I can see the planet x people claiming this is a cover-up for what is passing the earth.
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    PosisDas Male 30-39
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    January 23, 2011 at 9:15 pm
    The headline makes it sound like some apocalypse scenario is going to happen. Betelgeuse is expected to explode in the next million years. To put that in perspective, all of human civilization has been around for a scant ~10,000 years. Yes, it is possible that Betelgeuse might even explode within the next millennium but the possibility if it exploding next year are almost nil.
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    CmdrBittles Female 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 9:17 pm
    "I can see the planet x people claiming this is a cover-up for what is passing the earth."

    Que?
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    PinkHomicide Female 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 9:51 pm
    I love how it basically says, It could happen in 2012 - or you know, not.
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    rammo34 Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 11:20 pm
    Double sun all the way across the sky!
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    SvampeBob Male 18-29
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    January 23, 2011 at 11:28 pm
    oh my god it`s a double sun!, oh my god it`s so beautiful! XD

    and
    "This is a photo illustration. " duh!
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    Corpsecrank Male 30-39
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    January 24, 2011 at 3:56 am
    Given the time frame they set on this I would say the entire article is pretty irrelevant to any of us. They are basically just saying if this star went supernova we could see 2 suns with a huge IF in there.
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    Owanie Male 18-29
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    January 24, 2011 at 4:14 am
    I knew someone was going to mention Nibiru. Why, man, why?
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    morbay32 Male 40-49
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    January 24, 2011 at 5:30 am
    The star is roughly 640 light years away, IF the star explodes in 2012 the light won`t reach the earth until 2652. Sounds like we are safe....for now. ;-)
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    meepmaker Male 30-39
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    January 24, 2011 at 7:00 am
    Better get some sun screen.
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    manicwhite Male 18-29
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    January 24, 2011 at 7:13 am
    morbay- any information we have about the star has already taken 640 years to get here. this means the star has already exploded and the light we would expect to see is already on its way.
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    BoredFrank Male 40-49
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    January 24, 2011 at 7:53 am
    Yawn. This crap again?

    Gross exaggeration by a very poor writer.

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    BoredBetti Female 40-49
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    January 24, 2011 at 8:20 am
    Ditto BoredFrank (not worth original comment)
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    duffytoler Male 40-49
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    January 24, 2011 at 8:27 am
    >>the huge steaming pile of bullpoo might reach enough mass to become that second star.

    LOL! The BS gets so massive it self-ignites. That`s about as likely as this thing.
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    Kane132 Male 18-29
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    January 24, 2011 at 8:58 am
    morbay32 your comment is one of the dumbest things I have ever read on this forum. Congratulations.
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    madest Male 40-49
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    January 24, 2011 at 9:01 am
    It`s far too far away. If it went supernova long enough ago for the light to reach us next year, it would (a) not be anything like a second sun and (b) would not be anywhere near as bright as a second sun.
    --------------
    The last supernova was 140 years ago. The last one in our galaxy was in 1680. Nobody alive today has seen one. Historical text of supernovae have ranged from the "brightest light in the night sky" to "daylight at night". It would be an honor to witness one first hand. One can only hope it happens in their life.
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    January 24, 2011 at 9:07 am
    Dr. Carter stressed that there is no way of knowing when the star may go supernova. U.S. astronomer Phil Plait added, "Betelgeuse might go up tonight, or it might not be for 100,000 years. We`re just not sure.

    Lets just move on
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    GhettoNinja Male 30-39
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    January 24, 2011 at 9:58 am
    lots of stuff could happen in the next year or hundred thousand years...

    ho hum

    interesting to know that there is a star so close losing mass though.
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    DarthJay Male 30-39
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    January 24, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Guys -- you`re killing me here. Quit saying my name, will ya?!
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    maedene Male 18-29
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    January 24, 2011 at 4:21 pm
    DarthJay, I think I love you.
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    Moosh Female 18-29
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    January 24, 2011 at 5:29 pm
    "In fact, a neutrino shower could be beneficial to Earth"

    "UPDATE: To clarify, the news.com.au article does not say a neutrino shower could be beneficial to Earth"

    There are more things wrong with this article other than the fact it`s not really a story.
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    phoneybone Male 18-29
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    January 24, 2011 at 6:12 pm
    what i don`t get is that even if it goes supernova tomorrow, isn`t it many light years away? so it would take as many years for the light of this event to reach us, right? Wikipedia: "~650 light years away" so wouldn`t we not actually SEE anything for at least 650 years? Some smart guy help me out with this.
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    draino123 Male 30-39
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    January 24, 2011 at 10:57 pm
    what i don`t get is that even if it goes supernova tomorrow, isn`t it many light years away? so it "would take as many years for the light of this event to reach us, right? Wikipedia: "~650 light years away" so wouldn`t we not actually SEE anything for at least 650 years? Some smart guy help me out with this."



    while it is correct that it takes that long for the light to reach our Earth, look at it from the stars point- if the star were to supernova next year, it would have happened 649 years ago time wise. this is why scientist are looking at the stars farthest from the Earth, cause they show what the universe was back then. for all we know most of the stars in the sky are already burned out but we are receiving their light just now.
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    turbopuppy Male 30-39
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    January 24, 2011 at 11:21 pm
    Terrible non-facts even for bad science fiction novels.
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    Matholameu Male 70 & Over
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    January 25, 2011 at 10:22 am
    That would be the coolest thing!
    Dear Santa: Next year all I want for Christmas is a second sun.
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    pyrrhios Male 30-39
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    January 26, 2011 at 9:46 pm
    Good lord, wow. Talk about your birther bat-boy journalism. We`ve known for years, decades, Betelgeuse is entering nova stage and that it could go anytime in the next million years or so.

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