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    Jan 22, 2011 2:38 AM GMT
    s-TWO-SUNS-large.jpg





    Apologies to everyone who posted in the thread - It looked like there were two versions in two subforums.

    I thought I should delete one - and lost them "both."




    Here is the OP:

    Earth could be getting a second sun, at least temporarily.

    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.

    But doomsday sayers should be careful about speculation on this one. If the star does go super-nova, Earth will be showered with harmless particles, according to Carter. "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," he told news.com.au.

    In fact, a neutrino shower could be beneficial to Earth. According to Carter this "star stuff" makes up the universe. "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," said Carter.

    UPDATE: To clarify, the news.com.au article does not say a neutrino shower could be beneficial to Earth, but implies a supernova could be beneficial, stating, "Far from being a sign of the apocalypse, according to Dr Carter the supernova will provide Earth with elements necessary for survival and continuity."

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/20/two-suns-twin-stars_n_811864.html





    Before i screwed it up I salvaged this post (it was on my clipboard)





    yourname2000 said
    UpperCdn said
    ...a supernova could be beneficial, stating, "Far from being a sign of the apocalypse, according to Dr Carter the supernova will provide Earth with elements necessary for survival and continuity."

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/20/two-suns-twin-stars_n_811864.html

    If it's 1300 light years away, it would take millenia for any material to reach earth....and given the spread of the explosion (and its distance from us) the amount of material arriving probably wouldn't fill a thimble, lol.

    A second sun for a few days though --that's exciting!! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 22, 2011 2:40 AM GMT
    There was a comment that it would not look like the picture.


    (the picture Huff Post used is Tatooine from Star Wars (which the poster recognised.)
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    Jan 22, 2011 2:44 AM GMT
    really sorry for accicentally deleting everyone's contribution to the thread.

    I'm still confused how my one thread in News & Events appeared to be in All Things Gay AND in Gay News and Events.

    None of those subforums are even the appropriate subforum for this thread, so I have rebuilt this in News (and Politics) since it is not particularly "Gay News"

    More like General Interest news.


    I'll try to be more careful in future. Again, my apologies.


    Trevor (with Danny) in PEI


    (It was Danny who laughed at the picture and first pointed it out to me that it was Tatooine. icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 22, 2011 2:47 AM GMT
    Paulflexes commented that photographers will have a field day with the natural fill light to supplement key lighting in outdoor shots.

    He and I both commented on the great time photographers will have with double shadows