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Earth Can Have A Second Sun By 2012

Hits: 30847 | Rating: (2.3) | Category: Science | Added by: BenTheBug
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pyrrhios
Male, 30-39, Western US
 185 Posts
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 9:46:45 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.

Matholameu
Male, 18-29, Canada
 496 Posts
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 10:22:12 AM
That would be the coolest thing!
Dear Santa: Next year all I want for Christmas is a second sun.

turbopuppy
Male, 30-39, Western US
 158 Posts
Monday, January 24, 2011 11:21:35 PM
Terrible non-facts even for bad science fiction novels.

draino123
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 566 Posts
Monday, January 24, 2011 10:57:12 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."



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.

phoneybone
Male, 18-29, Western US
 1750 Posts
Monday, January 24, 2011 6:12:42 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.

Moosh
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 196 Posts
Monday, January 24, 2011 5:29:01 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.

maedene
Male, 18-29, Western US
 291 Posts
Monday, January 24, 2011 4:21:58 PM
DarthJay, I think I love you.

DarthJay
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 338 Posts
Monday, January 24, 2011 10:52:25 AM

Guys -- you're killing me here. Quit saying my name, will ya?!

GhettoNinja
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 889 Posts
Monday, January 24, 2011 9:58:33 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.

Angelmassb
Male, 18-29, S. America
 15498 Posts
Monday, January 24, 2011 9:07:06 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

madest
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6458 Posts
Monday, January 24, 2011 9:01:32 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.

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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.

Kane132
Male, 18-29, Europe
 376 Posts
Monday, January 24, 2011 8:58:05 AM
morbay32 your comment is one of the dumbest things I have ever read on this forum. Congratulations.

duffytoler
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 5220 Posts
Monday, January 24, 2011 8:27:54 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.

BoredBetti
Female, 40-49, Eastern US
 6 Posts
Monday, January 24, 2011 8:20:31 AM
Ditto BoredFrank (not worth original comment)

BoredFrank
Male, 40-49, Southern US
 1979 Posts
Monday, January 24, 2011 7:53:08 AM
Yawn. This crap again?

Gross exaggeration by a very poor writer.


manicwhite
Male, 18-29, Europe
 167 Posts
Monday, January 24, 2011 7:13:14 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.

meepmaker
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 6716 Posts
Monday, January 24, 2011 7:00:23 AM
Better get some sun screen.

morbay32
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 67 Posts
Monday, January 24, 2011 5:30:09 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.

Owanie
Male, 18-29, Europe
 242 Posts
Monday, January 24, 2011 4:14:05 AM
I knew someone was going to mention Nibiru. Why, man, why?

Corpsecrank
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 875 Posts
Monday, January 24, 2011 3:56:19 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.

SvampeBob
Male, 18-29, Europe
 3088 Posts
Sunday, January 23, 2011 11:28:14 PM
oh my god it's a double sun!, oh my god it's so beautiful! XD

and
"This is a photo illustration. " duh!

rammo34
Male, 18-29, Western US
 1064 Posts
Sunday, January 23, 2011 11:20:53 PM
Double sun all the way across the sky!

PinkHomicide
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 347 Posts
Sunday, January 23, 2011 9:51:41 PM
I love how it basically says, It could happen in 2012 - or you know, not.

CmdrBittles
Female, 18-29, Canada
 1182 Posts
Sunday, January 23, 2011 9:17:27 PM
"I can see the planet x people claiming this is a cover-up for what is passing the earth."

Que?

PosisDas
Male, 30-39, Midwest US
 46 Posts
Sunday, January 23, 2011 9:15:26 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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