Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Third Rock from the Suns

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In the near future, in this galaxy not so far, far away … 640 light-years from Earth, in the Orion constellation, a star named Betelgeuse is on the verge of exploding and when it does it will produce a supernova that will give the appearance of there being two suns in the sky. The astronomical phenomenon is expected to produce 24 hour day light for as long as a couple of weeks, sometime in 2011 , 2012, or in the next million years.

Such are the predictions of Dr. Brad Carter, Senior Lecturer of Physics at the University of Southern Queensland, in Australia. Dr. Carter elaborated his predictions in an interview with news.com.au.

Betelgeuse “is running out of fuel in its centre,” adding on that it’s “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.”