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.


2 Responses to “Earth May Have Two Suns for Several Weeks in 2012”

  1. Kev on January 21st, 2011 9:35 am

    I’m pretty sure that there’s always been just ONE star in our solar system; we call it THE SUN. (And if it ever explodes, it will definitely affect local quality of life.) But Betelgeuse is not the nucleus of this solar system.

  2. Morely Dotes on January 21st, 2011 10:35 am

    Betelgeuse is one of the Milky Way galaxy’s brightest stars, as seen from our Solar System. It’s not part of the Solar System, any more than Russia is part of Alaska. Being able to see something from where you are standing does not make it a part of the local territory.

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