The Earth will not likely have two suns in 2012

Some wonder whether Earth will someday have two suns. Photo by NASA

There is yet another rumor floating around about the year 2012. This time, the rumor is that the Earth will have two suns thanks to a supernova. Betelgeuse, a large star more than 600 light years away, is starting to die out and will supernova when it does. However, because of its distance, Earth will only see a brighter star.

Possibility of Earth having two suns

The Daily Mail explains that there is a rumor that Earth will have two suns and 24 hours of daylight every day for two weeks. Signs of a supernova are being seen in a star in the Orion constellation. The star, called Betelgeuse (pronounced beetle juice) is a red super-giant and is one of the brightest stars in the night sky. Australian astrophysicist Brad Carter, of the University of Southern Queensland, said in a recent interview that it could go supernova sometime in the near future, and the year 2012 got involved somehow.

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If our sun were replaced with Betelgeuse, it would take up so much room that Jupiter would be close to its surface. Similar stars have too much mass and energy to simply blink out of existence and typically become supernova. Because of the mass and gravity involved, the core of a star in supernova will create a black hole with a perpetual state of collapse. CBS reports that there probably won’t be much of a chance that Earth will see Betelgeuse’s light when it goes supernova because it is 640 light years away.

It is all about 2012 now

Many are worried about 2012 because the Mayan Calendar ends that year. However, no serious Mayan scholars give any credence to the idea that the world will end in 2012. Betelgeuse can’t cause the end of the world in 2012 because a supernova 640 light years away won’t have any effect on Earth.


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