"Twin Suns Visible From Earth By 2012"?!
Pfft, you can already see thousands of suns every night!
Some nutjob, probably high on telescope-cleaning fluid, is convinced Betelgeuse (the star, not the Tim Burton movie) is going to supernova soon, resulting in the brief appearance of two suns in the sky. Wait a minute -- TWO SUNS?! *lathering on sunscreen*
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.
The Star Wars-esque scenario could happen by 2012, Carter says... or it could take longer. The explosion could also cause a neutron star or result in the formation of a black hole 1300 light years from Earth, reports news.com.au.
Admittedly, that will be pretty cool to see when it happens. Stress on WHEN. But more importantly, what's the ruling on bars staying open 24-hours during the constant daylight? I say we get some legislation drafted pronto. Stress on DRAFTED. Get it?! Like keg beer. God I just wanna drink it all!
Two Suns? Twin Stars Could Be Visible From Earth By 2012 [huffingtonpost]
Thanks to Elizabeth, Anna and Dustin, who'd all rather see two moons. Hey -- careful what you wish for, guys! [Insert "that's no moon" joke here]