Earth May Have Two Suns for Several Weeks in 2012
January 21, 2011
(ChattahBox Science News)—Star Wars enthusiasts may be able to reenact one of Luke Skywalker’s favorite landscapes—a sky with two suns—if scientists’ predictions are true. The second brightest star in the constellation of Orion, Betelgeuse, is losing mass and could be depleted of fuel in 2012 or thereafter, which may cause it to go supernova, the Huffington Post reports.
A Queensland, Australia professor has outlined the potential plan, in which he suggests that if the star were to go supernova, there is a possibility that we could see a second sun for several weeks, and during that period we may not see night, Huffington Post notes. Alternately, the explosion could create a neutron star or cause a black hole to form 1,300 light years from Earth, the professor opines.
If a supernova does occur, the Earth will be showered with materials from the star, but it could not cause harm, Huffington Post notes.