And here's the big news - they could be coming to Earth.
Yes, any day now we see a second sun light up the sky, if only for a matter of weeks.
" thank you, jeanna IT'S the ultimate experience for Star Wars fans - staring forlornly off into the distance as twin suns sink into the horizon.
But will it happen by 2012, as recent news reports suggest? While the second biggest star in the Orion Constellation (corrected from the second biggest star in Universe) is strangely losing mass -- and has already become a red giant, meaning it is destined to explode and become a supernova -- there's no reason to believe that it will happen anytime soon.The story is pretty 'Hollywoody,'" said New Jersey Institute of Technology professor Philip R. In reality, the stars eventual explosion is inevitable, but no one knows when it will happen, he explained -- 2012 is pure conjecture.The story was fueled by Australian news site au -- also owned by Fox parent company News Corp.-- which predicted that a giant explosion will occur, tens of millions of times brighter than the sun, and suggested the event was imminent.Quite literally, the whole of Earth and our solar system is made of star stuff, including most of the heavy elements of the Periodic Table.
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, Dr carter said.
That is the equivalent of Betelgeuse being a giant football coliseum like Wembley Stadium in London with the Earth a tiny pearl, 1 millimetre in diameter, orbiting a Sun the size of a mango.
It is on average the ninth brightest star in the celestial sphere-more info on that with link provided.
And the gist of the story is accurate: Betelgeuse will blow, in an explosion that will be visible from Earth, though it won't be so bright as to appear like a "second sun." Betelgeuse is several hundred light years away, so if it were to light up the sky in 2012 it would have exploded in the Middle Ages Its hard to know just when a star will explode when youre on the outside. "If you want to bet on it, it's better to try the lottery," he said. the process of going super nova is very inaccurate and could take a very long time still.
Betelgeuse might go up tonight, or it might not be for 100,000 years. The article seems to be convinced it will be soon ... Some more info: The location of Betelgeuse near the famous "Belt of Orion".
Sirius (Panel 4) is the brightest star in the night sky, but is tiny compared to Betelgeuse (Panel 5).