Skip to comments.Scientist: Earth Could Have "New Sun" Within a Year
Posted on 01/22/2011 10:06:34 AM PST by therightliveswithus
People love to hype 2012 as the end of the world. It's BS, but hey, when it gets into the public consciousness, things stick.
Anywho, a scientist named Brad Carter is predicting that the star Betelgeuse is expected to go super-nova very soon. If this happens, the sky that we look at could have two stars in it, even though Betelgeuse is 1,300 light years away. On the bright side, Carter assures us that we won't all die
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The year is young, but I think this is the dumbest thing I’ve heard all year.
Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse ...
Which means it either went supernova 1,300 years ago OR we won't have a 'new sun' until 1,300 years from now.
To show what we are dealing with.
“If this happens, the sky that we look at could have two stars in it”
Two stars? I thought we could see a few more than that...
Dang, you beat me to it.
saw this on a science channel, astronomy show about 6 months ago.
Betelgeuse is in a pre super nova state now for many years...if it blew 1500 years ago, we could be finding out about it any time now....
I think what he said was it could explode between now and a million tears from now.
Why would you think that? Do you not believe Super Nova happen?
“On the bright side, Carter assures us that we won’t all die
Some of us...
If a star goes supernova in the galaxy and no one sees it, does it emit light? I suppose he means, we may receive the light “any day now”. Not high on the list of things I’m going to worry about.
THAT is a cool picture!!!
What an idiot. If Betelgeuse goes nova tomorrow we won't know it for 1300 years...
Have we ever successfully predicted one, lined up all our telescopes and watched one begin to unfold? No. We haven't. This time might be the first time, but then again, how do we know?
A star's lifecycle takes billions of years. We think we know what will happen in the next 10 or 20? Seriously??
If it does go supernova, will it really appear as a second sun? Or as a bright star? Can you say "hype the story"?
This is just crappy reporting of some guy's opinion about something that might happen. It's right up there with the recent "California superstorm" story about the storm that will last 40 days and deposit 10 feet of water on California. Uhhhhhhhh. Yeah. That could happen. I suppose.
Orion would never be the same with his shoulder missing. I can’t get my grandson (6 next month) to stand still long enough to see him. I saw the Old Man in the Mountain only about a year before he fell apart. He’s still on NH license plates, though.
“Dang, you beat me to it....”
You got to get up pretty early in the morning to beat us Beetlejuice fans.
Most estimates I've seen have it around 600 LY away.
"When a star goes bang, the first we will observe of it is a rain of tiny particles called nuetrinos.
I have more confidence in someone who can spell "neutrinos" correctly. Would you trust a cardiologist who wanted to talk to you about haert surgery?
I don't know how Mr. Carter knows that the Earth is safe, but I'd like something a little more concrete.
Gamma ray bursts are the killers and they follow the poles of the supernova. Betelgeuse's pole isn't pointing at us.
In the year 1006 there was another supernova, SN 1006 that was visible on earth for two days. It was called a "guest star."
A lot longer than that. The original author was probably confused by the wikipedia entry "First appearing in the constellation of Lupus between April 30 and May 1 of that year," which simply tells the first night it showed up on, not its total duration of visibility. Later in the same article it states "There appear to have been two distinct phases in the early evolution of this supernova. There was first a three-month period at which it was at its brightest; after this period it diminished, then returned for a period of about eighteen months."
As for a "second sun", Betelgeuse's supernova would likely be about half as bright as the full moon. Impressive? Yes, very. But not a second sun.
Betelgeuse- Arabic-”The Armpit of the Giant”!
It’s Bush’s fault.
Womyn and minorities will be hardest hit.
There’s no way to pin down when a star will go kablooey, it could be in 5 minutes, it could be thousands of years from now.
Even when it does, I find it hard to take those “second sun” claims seriously.
Obamacare will take credit for that.
Sensationalized reporting - it grabs readership.
When we were house-hunting in a new town a few years ago I spotted a newspaper headline that blared: "Local Murders Up 100% Last Year." Alarmed, I immediately dropped money into the machine only to learn there had been one murder, 100% more than the previous year when there were none. But the sensational headline sold at least one paper.
I would imagine by now, they’re all out of sunblock at the local drug store on Betelgeuse 3.
BTW, according to Wikipedia, the best current estimate of the distance to Betelgeuse is 643 ± 146 light years. 1300 light years is a very upper bound. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betelgeuse
It is also fairly young, only about 12 million years old. Massive stars like Betelgeuse, at least 10 million times the sun’s mass, burn very quickly and die in Type II super nova events.
I wouldn’t buy anything from someone named Carter. Even if he throws in a rabbit and a top hat.
1/0 = Inf. If there had been one murder in the previous year and two this year, that would be a 100% increase. I do not think my town has ever had a recorded murder. The town next door, similar in demographics, had its last murder over 25 years ago, when some guy was having an affair with a woman in his church’s choir. When she broke it off, her lover killed her husband.
I'm hoarding rice just in case.
I guess you’ll have to take that headline writer to Math Court.
It is the Red Giant in Orion. It takes 1300 years for the light to reach Earth. It has already exploded if he is right. Over a thousand years ago.
Of course it will have exploded in the past, that is obvious, but irrelevent.
I wonder why they didn’t shore up the “Old Man in the Mountain” with steel reinforcement or something. It’s sort of like Mt. Rushmore suddenly one day just collapsing. (We had a stone bridge in our hometown that just one day FELL into a pile of rubble in the river; destroyed one of the biggest tourist attractions in the town. They were doing road construction on the road beside it and didn’t to my knowledge shore up the bridge. It had escaped Sherman only to be leveled by neglect.)
Yeah, but if it happened 1299 years ago, how would we know?
My condolences to Ford Prefect.
They’ve been predicting this since I was in college 30 years ago. When they say “soon,” they mean in the next several million years.
I guess this guy has been around longer than we can imagine. |^)
How big is Betelguese?
Interesting explaination of just how big and how small things are in this universe. Takes a second or two to download but then use the sliding bar to zoom in or out.
The important thing is, one day, night will become day for several weeks on Earth.
This is the final hurrah for the star, says Dr Carter.
Satire is great, when you catch it before you get a chance to make a fool out of yourself.
Cool site, thanx....think I just got the spins looking at it!
OMG that's a long time!
"Leave Betelgeuse alone!"
I can’t wait.
“On the bright side, Carter assures us that we won’t all die”
So what use is he to Algore? He needs to be assuring us we are all dead unless we empty our wallets and throw the contents in gore’s direction.
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