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#1  Edited By DarkTemplar

Earth could be getting a second sun, at least temporarily.

Dr. Brad Carter, Senior Lecturer of Physics at the University of Southern Queensland, outlined the scenario to news.com.au. Betelgeuse, one of the night sky's brightest stars, is losing mass, indicating it is collapsing. It could run out of fuel and go super-nova at any time.

When that happens, for at least a few weeks, we'd see a second sun, Carter says. There may also be no night during that timeframe.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/20/two-suns-twin-stars_n_811864.html



This is the second (second only to the Cheerios story) most epic thing I've ever read in my entire life.
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#2  Edited By Cornman89

OH GOD

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#3  Edited By ThatFrood

DUDE THAT WOULD BE AWESOME

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#4  Edited By Yummylee

Time to work on ma tan!

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#5  Edited By animateria

Cool? 
 
I mean I prefer to sleep less but I'd rather not be a sleep deprived walking zombie. 
 
I wonder if it'll be bad for the skin though. Usually not something that comes to mind first but... two Suns seem concerning even if it's fairly far away.

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#6  Edited By Pinworm45

Too bad it's complete bullshit.

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#7  Edited By HitmanAgent47

solar flare, knock out power grids, stone age for a few decades.

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#8  Edited By DarkTemplar

 If this happens, which I hope it will, I'm going to start selling "double sun protection sunglasses, sunscreen, etc." and generate massive amounts of income :P

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#9  Edited By Hitchenson
@HitmanAgent47 said:
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solar flare, knock out power grids, stone age for a few decades.

"
Is the second sun a giant Illuminati space device? 
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#10  Edited By zombie_bigdaddy

It would be cool if it was for only a couple of weeks.

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#11  Edited By oatz

lolno 

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soooo this is what the mayans have been complaining about?  lame

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#13  Edited By Pibo47

That sounds kinda scary...lol. Not gonna lie.

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#14  Edited By Oldirtybearon

This is going to kick so much ass if it happens. Seriously, cherish this when it comes. It's not often we get to be a part of something special like what could happen.

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FINALLY MY TATOOINE COSPLAY WILL BE REALIZED 
 
Also, this is super awesome and I hope it happens.

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#16  Edited By EuanDewar

"There may also be no night during that timeframe " 
 
A FEW WEEKS OF NO LIGHT. 
 
THE WORLD IS GOING TO BE AWESOME.
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http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2011/01/21/betelgeuse-and-2012/  
 

It’s the question of when that the two articles go off the rails. Betelgeuse may explode tomorrow night, or it may not go kerblooie until the year 100,000 A.D. We don’t know. But given that huge range, the odds of it blowing up next year are pretty slim. And clearly, the original article was really trying to tie in the 2012 date to this, even when it has nothing to do with anything. The tie-in was a rickety link to scuttlebutt on the web about it, but that’s about it.

What’s worse, the HuffPo article attributes the date to Dr. Carter himself, but in the original article he never says anything about it; the connection is all made by the article author. Given how popular HuffPo is, I imagine a lot of people will now think an actual scientist is saying Betelgeuse will blow up in 2012.

OK then, tell you what: I’m an actual scientist, and I would give the odds of Betelgeuse going supernova in 2012 at all — let alone close to December, the supposed doomsdate — as many thousands to one against. It’s not impossible, it’s just really really really really really really really unlikely.

Really. 
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#18  Edited By luce

VAMPIRES ARE FUCKED

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Well that would suck. I burn easily enough in the regular sun...

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#20  Edited By kingzetta
@ThatFrood said:
" DUDE THAT WOULD BE AWESOME "
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#21  Edited By droop

The end is nigh!

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#22  Edited By Jimbo
@luce said:
" VAMPIRES ARE FUCKED "
This thread is over.
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#23  Edited By KarlPilkington
@DarkTemplar: Whats the Cheerios story?
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#24  Edited By Mr_Skeleton

Two suns means more light hours which means less dark hours which means less sleeping hours.  
FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK

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#25  Edited By Mr_Pips

What does he mean by going super nova? Wouldn't already have?

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#26  Edited By MarkWahlberg

Way to be a year late and not even in the right galaxy, second sun!

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#27  Edited By Arbie

I read about this a while ago. If I got to see something like that in my lifetime I'd be a pretty happy bunny. With floppy ears. And a tail and stuff.

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#28  Edited By KarlPilkington
@Mr_Pips said:
" What does he mean by going super nova? Wouldn't already have? "
What mean? I no understand.
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#29  Edited By singular

This article is so stupid. It does not even take intpo account that the collapse would have happened 1200 years ago since it's light would take that time to reach us. And it would be far to weak to light up the night.
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#30  Edited By KarlPilkington
@SinGulaR said:
" This article is so stupid. It does not even take intpo account that the collapse would have happened 1200 years ago since it's light would take that time to reach us. And it would be far to weak to light up the night. "
Brian Cox?
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#31  Edited By TheHT

no nighttime?!
 
my sleeping pattern will get even MORE fucked up!!

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#32  Edited By singular

Maybe the neutrino shower will have a powerful aphrodisiac effect on us. Can't wait.
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#33  Edited By Time_Lord

NO night dam it i need the cover of Darkness to take over the world.

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#34  Edited By sameeeeam
@luce said:
" VAMPIRES ARE FUCKED "
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#35  Edited By RobertOrri

Ain't happening in our lifetimes, sorry.

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#36  Edited By mikemcn
@Hitchenson said:

" @HitmanAgent47 said:

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solar flare, knock out power grids, stone age for a few decades.

"
Is the second sun a giant Illuminati space device?  "
Its actually the Star Forge.  

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#37  Edited By Driadon
@Vito_Raliffe said:
" http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2011/01/21/betelgeuse-and-2012/  
 

It’s the question of when that the two articles go off the rails. Betelgeuse may explode tomorrow night, or it may not go kerblooie until the year 100,000 A.D. We don’t know. But given that huge range, the odds of it blowing up next year are pretty slim. And clearly, the original article was really trying to tie in the 2012 date to this, even when it has nothing to do with anything. The tie-in was a rickety link to scuttlebutt on the web about it, but that’s about it.

What’s worse, the HuffPo article attributes the date to Dr. Carter himself, but in the original article he never says anything about it; the connection is all made by the article author. Given how popular HuffPo is, I imagine a lot of people will now think an actual scientist is saying Betelgeuse will blow up in 2012.

OK then, tell you what: I’m an actual scientist, and I would give the odds of Betelgeuse going supernova in 2012 at all — let alone close to December, the supposed doomsdate — as many thousands to one against. It’s not impossible, it’s just really really really really really really really unlikely.

Really. 
"
Good thing I have this improbability drive. 
 
And I'm learning how to moisture farm as we speak.
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#38  Edited By ArcLyte
@Pinworm45:  too bad your comment is complete bullshit. this is a scientifically proven fact, but it can happen any time between now and a million years from now.
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#39  Edited By Make_Me_Mad

This would be great, I don't care how improbable it is.  Second Sun Party being planned now!

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#40  Edited By mikemcn
@ArcLyte said:
" @Pinworm45:  too bad your comment is complete bullshit. this is a scientifically proven fact, but it can happen any time between now and a million years from now. "
It also would only be as bright as a full moon. 
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#41  Edited By Example1013
@Chabbs0 said:
" @Mr_Pips said:
" What does he mean by going super nova? Wouldn't already have? "
What mean? I no understand. "
Technically, it may have blown up thousands of years ago, based on how long it would take the light from the explosion to get here.
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#42  Edited By DevilTrigger

2012. The Paris Accounts. Wall Street. The Vaccine Fraud. The Arizona Assassination. The Kennedy Files. The Bay of Pigs Conspiracy. Monica Lewinsky. Nuclear bomb 
 
Mental breakdown.

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#43  Edited By Tuksit

While it might be neat, I would certainly miss seeing Betelgeuse in the night sky.
 
Also I doubt this will happen(has happened) in our lifetime.

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#44  Edited By Slaker117

Calling it a second sun is misleading. *If* it does happen/already happened then there would be a significant new light in the sky, but it would not be close to lighting the world like the Sun.
 
  @DevilTrigger:  WHAT DO THE NUMBERS MEAN!?!!!

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#45  Edited By LiquidS
@Hitchenson said:
" @HitmanAgent47 said:
"

solar flare, knock out power grids, stone age for a few decades.

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Is the second sun a giant Illuminati space device?  "
The Illuminati involvement makes sense, this is why Kanye West wears those stupid glasses. 
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#46  Edited By benpack

I don't think you guys are addressing the real question here. 
Would a werewolf still turn into a werewolf even if it was sunny during a full moon?
 
Also this isn't going to happen.

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#47  Edited By SSValis

This would make my sleep schedule slightly less unusual.

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#49  Edited By Make_Me_Mad

Remember our second sun for what it's supposed to be, not what it is.

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#50  Edited By nukesniper

I am totally excited about this. Game on universe!