Will Planet Earth Have 'Two Suns' By 2012?

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Well look that: we may have another “sun” soon. That would be swell, and certainly the greatest thing to happen to sunglasses manufacturers. A scientist in Australia says that Betelgeuse, which is something like 640 light years away, appears to be losing mass at a fairly rapid rate. If that happens the star could go supernova, which would produce such a blindingly bright, uh, image, that it would be as visible in our sky as a second sun. Wild.

The prediction is that all of this would go down in 2012.

That, of course, means that this actually happened 640 years ago, more than 100 years before Columbus sailed the Ocean Blue.

I don’t know, I thought it was neat. It also reminded me of Sephiroth, which is always appreciated.

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