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Star Betelgeuse to Crash within 5,000 Years

January 24, 2013 Comments off

As per a new image provided by the Herschel Space Observatory, it has been revealed that Betelgeuse, one of the star’s in Orion constellation is going to crash in 5,000 years. The information about the same has been provided by the NASA, which has also unveiled that the star is the going to crash with a cosmic wall.

Experts said that the orange-red star is quite a bright star and its collision will definitely prove costly. It has been said so as the star is already started shedding a large amount of its exterior most layer. The shedding was visible in the Hershel’s picture as well.

The picture has also showed the effect of star’s fierce winds. It has been found that the winds have been causing whipping around the nearby space. It has also been seen that the dusty debris lies around the star.

Experts have predicted that it will take 5,000 years for the outer arc of the star to crash. If to talk about the whole star, then it will take approximately 12,500 years. Astronomers said that the star has swelled up and has been shedding a lot of fraction of its outermost layer. This has made sure that its collision will be a supernova explosion. Read more…

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Twin suns setting on the Earth?

January 23, 2011 Comments off

Tatooine’s twin suns – coming to a planet near you just as soon as Betelgeuse explodes

Twin suns – setting on Earth any day now. Rumors of possible wamp rats and Sarlaac manifestation yet to be confirmed.

  • Betelgeuse losing mass
  • Explosion will create “new sun”
  • May be set for 2012 appearance

IT’S the ultimate experience for Star Wars fans – staring forlornly off into the distance as twin suns sink into the horizon.

Yet it’s not just a figment of George Lucas’s imagination – twin suns are real. 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.

The infamous red super-giant star in Orion’s nebula – Betelgeuse – is predicted to go gangbusters and the impending super-nova may reach Earth before 2012, and when it does, all of our wildest Star Wars dreams will come true.

The second biggest star in the Orion Nebula is losing mass, a typical indication that a gravitation collapse is occurring.

When that happens, we’ll get our second sun, according to Dr Brad Carter, Senior Lecturer of Physics at the University of Southern Queensland.

“This old star is running out of fuel in its center”, Dr Carter said. Read more…