This story is all over the place ... the reality of what might happen (and that it might be 2012 or not) - a couple paragraphs in.


Will the Earth Have Two Suns by 2012?



In the Star Wars saga, George Lucas imagined a world where twin suns rose and fell in the horizon. Looks like his vision may not be so far-fetched. 

Astrophysicists say that Betelgeuse, the red super-giant that is the ninth brightest star in the sky, is losing mass—an indication of gravitational collapse. Brad Carter, a senior lecturer of physics at the University of Southern Queensland, explained to that the star is essentially running out of the fuel at its core. “This fuel keeps Betelgeuse shining and supported. When this fuel runs out the star will literally collapse in upon itself and it will do so very quickly,” he said. The subsequent explosion will appear tens of millions of times brighter than the sun, meaning 24-hours of light on Earth.

(More on Voyager 1 Nears Edge of Solar System.)

“It goes bang, it explodes, it lights up," Carter said. "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.”

And while the celestial event could take place before the end of 2012, it may not occur for a million years.

As you'd expect, plenty of folks interpret the impending supernova as a sign of the Apocalypse. (Coincidentally, the Mayan calendar predicts Armageddon in 2012, and the word "Betelgeuse" has strong associations with the devil.) But Carter dismisses the doomsayers, pointing out that the implosion will shower the earth with tiny particles called neutrinos that are absolutely harmless. “They will flood through the Earth and bizarrely enough, even though the supernova we see visually will light up the night sky, 99 per cent of the energy in the supernova is released in these particles that will come through our bodies and through the Earth with absolutely no harm whatsoever.” (via  the Huffington Post)

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its full of stars

I loved when this was reported in the daily mail in the UK the headline was "Earth 'to get second sun' as supernova turns night into day".  "To get" as if it was a switch that would be thrown that Tuesday.  But my favourite part of the story (and I think it's referenced above) is the classic...

Brad Carter, Senior Lecturer of Physics at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia, claimed yesterday that the galactic blast could happen before 2012or any time over the next million years.

...Oh, right.  So statistically, there is a 1 in a million chance of it happening this year then.  It's a fascinating story and I love it to happen in my lifetime but the way it was reported by some tabloid newspapers was incredible. :)




the Mayan calendar predicts Armageddon in 2012


I don't believe that is an accurate statement- there really is no explanation for why the Mayan calendar ends in 2012, and I don't know where this writer gets his information- I have done a little research on this topic.  But it certainly seems plausible that Betelgeuse could super-nova on Dec 23rd, 2012..

I'd love to see this.

Another inaccuracy, the chances of it being 24 hours of day light are pretty slim too. It would mean the sun and Betelgeuse would have to be on the opposite sides of the earth when the event occurred.

My understanding on why The Mayan Calendar ends is that the Mayans say time is changing - not the world ending.


Typical western apocolyptic interpretation.....


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