Over the years, people have speculated that the sun has a twin (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show). The red giant star Betelgeuse ("Beetlejuice") is predicted to explode (become a super nova) shortly. If that happens, we will see two suns in the sky for a few weeks.
In Australian news.com, Claire Connelly quotes physicist Brad Carter as saying, "This old star is running out of fuel in its center. 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." When this happens there will be a giant explosion, tens of millions of times brighter than the sun, and we'll see what looks like a second sun in the sky. Night will become day for several week. This could happen tomorrow or in a million years--or could this be what the Mayans predicted would happen in December, 2012?
Carter doesn't think the supernova will be a danger to the Earth--quite the opposite: The supernova will send down some of the elements necessary for our survival Connelly quotes him as saying, "When a star goes bang, the first we will observe of it is a rain of tiny particles called nuetrinos. They will flood through the Earth and bizarrely enough, even though the supernova we see visually will light up the night sky, 99% 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. "It literally makes things like gold, silver--all the heavy elements--even things like uranium. A star like Betelgeuse is instantly forming for us all sorts of heavy elements and atoms that our own Earth and our own bodies have from long past supernovi." So rather than bringing the end of the world, the star may save us.
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