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Earth 'to get second sun' as supernova turns night into day

Postby Woongo on Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:50 am

The Earth could soon have a second sun, at least for a week or two.

The cosmic phenomenon will happen when one of the brightest stars in the night sky explodes into a supernova.

And, according to a report yesterday, the most stunning light show in the planet’s history could happen as soon as this year.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/ ... t-day.html

Wow, isn't that awesome? :w00t: Only the thing is... "Brad Carter, Senior Lecturer of Physics at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia, claimed yesterday that the galactic blast could happen before 2012 – or any time over the next million years."

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Re: Earth 'to get second sun' as supernova turns night into

Postby mom on Sun Jan 23, 2011 3:04 pm

It is awesome! Thanks for sharing Woongo :)
The Article wrote: It is the ninth brightest star in the night sky and the second brightest in the constellation of Orion, outshining its neighbour Rigel – or Beta Orionis – only very rarely.
It’s distinct orange-red colour makes it easy to spot in the night sky.
If it was at the centre of our solar system, its surface would extend past the asteroid belt, wholly engulfing Mercury, Venus, Mars and the Earth.
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Re: Earth 'to get second sun' as supernova turns night into

Postby Gary Troup on Sun Jan 23, 2011 3:05 pm

That IS cool :w00t:
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Re: Earth 'to get second sun' as supernova turns night into

Postby Two Sides on Sun Jan 23, 2011 3:12 pm

Woah! That is pretty epic! Thanks for sharing, Woongo!! :thumbsup: Fingers crossed indeed :lol:
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Re: Earth 'to get second sun' as supernova turns night into

Postby DarkUFO on Sun Jan 23, 2011 3:16 pm

Awesome stuff.

Let's hope it's not too bright
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Day_of_the_Triffids
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Re: Earth 'to get second sun' as supernova turns night into

Postby mom on Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:05 pm

DarkUFO wrote:Awesome stuff.

Let's hope it's not too bright
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Day_of_the_Triffids


heehee- Nice one Dark :)
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Re: Earth 'to get second sun' as supernova turns night into

Postby anoirtac on Sun Jan 23, 2011 6:52 pm

That would most definitely be a sight to behold, should it happen in our lifetime!!!!!
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Re: Earth 'to get second sun' as supernova turns night into

Postby Woongo on Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:40 pm

Finli Otego wrote:

That would be AMAZING to see in real life. I would just stand there like Luke and pretend that I'm in Tatooine. :D
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