ONE of the biggest stars in our galactic neighbourhood - Betelgeuse - is expected to go supernova “soon”.
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.
The second biggest star in the Orion constellation 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 centre”, Dr Carter said.
“This fuel keeps Betelgeuse shining and supported. When this fuel runs out the star will literally collapse in upon itself and it will do so very quickly.”
When this happens a giant explosion will occur, tens of millions of times brighter than the sun.
The bad news is, it could also happen in a million years. But who’s counting?
The important thing is, one day, night will become day for several weeks on Earth.
Woah! How fucking cool is this?! *Mind blown*