Two suns to be seen from Earth in 2012 as Betelgeuse explodes?

By on Jan 21, 2011 in Astronomy, Headlines, Science, Weird Comments

Two suns are set to be seen temporarily from planet Earth in 2012, as the red mega-giant star Betelgeuse is being predicted to explode, according to News.com.au on Wednesday.

As published on that said Australian news site, Dr Brad Carter, Senior Lecturer of Physics at the University of Southern Queensland said that Betelgeuse is losing mass and will explode, thus a ‘second sun’ may be seen from Earth for several weeks.

“It goes bang, it explodes, it lights up – we’ll have incredible brightness for a brief period of time for a couple of weeks and then over the coming months it begins to fade and then eventually it will be very hard to see at all.” Dr. Carter was quoted in the report.

Betelgeuse, known as the biggest star in Orion constellation, is now running out of fuel, which keeps it shining, according to Dr. Carter; in the report claims that tens of millions of times brighter than the sun will be created once it explodes.

Two Suns
Photo credit: Huffington Post/AP

“When this fuel runs out the star will literally collapse in upon it self and it will do so very quickly.” Dr Carter added, but the report did not mention that it was him who suggests that it may occur on 2012 but rather mentioned it could also happen in a million years.

Meanwhile, the report said the phenomenon is never a sign of the apocalypse, as Dr. Carter suggested that the supernova will supply ‘elements necessary for survival and continuous living on earth’.

However, this ‘two suns possibly appearing in 2012’ report is strongly being opposed by a post at Live Science on Thursday.

As the analysis post title by Ian O’Neill screams – ‘DON’T PANIC! Betelgeuse Won’t Explode in 2012’, and pointed out some thoughts.

First of all, O’Neill mentioned the distance of Betelgeuse from planet Earth, which is 640 light years, which he said quite a distance to see from earth if the explosion happens.

O’Neill also insisted that the fuss about the star exploding by 2012 is‘complete garbage’.

“There is absolutely no indication that the star will explode in the next year or so. Even the most advanced telescopes and sophisticated computer models cannot predict an exploding star with that precision!” he said.

Later, O’Neill made an update and claimed that the similar post at Huffington Post has some mistakes, in which its reference report was also the post at News.com.au.

Allegedly, Huffington Post mentioned “we’d see a second sun”, “there may also be no night” or “the Star Wars-esque scenario could happen by 2012.” as said by Dr. Carter.

O’Neill said he can tell from the article at News.com.au that it was the reporter who said it and not Dr. Carter.



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