We Could See Two Suns in the Sky by 2012


We could see two suns in the sky by 2012. Sure it sounds like the start of an apocalyptic movie (or the Mayan’s prediction that the world as we know it will end in 2012), but it sounds like the two suns will just be

an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime event.

According to The Huffington Post, what will make it appear that there are two suns in the sky by 2012 is a star called Betelgeuse (not to be confused with the ghost with the most), one of the brightest in the night sky. It’s losing mass and on the verge of collapsing, meaning that it could go supernova at any time (so be sure to have Oasis’ song on your iPod ready to go when it happens).

When this cosmic event takes place, it will appear like there are two suns in the sky for weeks, and there might also be no night during that time. If we were awesome like ancient-folk, we’d probably take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to party like some special god was on their way to pay us a visit, but I’m a little afraid that having two suns in the sky is going to freak out some of the Earth’s freakiest people, especially if it happens in 2012. Will we see mass suicides and hysteria? Will scientists scare us with tales of how perpetual daylight (even if temporary) can be bad for health, and perhaps even deadly? There’s more than a slim chance that there will be some crazy reactions to seeing two suns in the sky, but that’s apparently not what we need to be worrying about sun-wise in 2012.

Instead of freaking out about getting to pretend that we live in the “Star Wars” universe for a few weeks, we need to be more concerned with solar flares. Some scientists fear that the energy from a wave of increased solar activity in 2012 could short-circuit power grids on Earth. And short-circuited power grids means that the world of electricity as we know it could possibly end for 4 to 10 years, meaning no running water, no refrigeration, no heating and air conditioning, no television, and, worst of all, no internet.

So is this the 2012 even that will lead to the new era prophesied by the Mayans? It’s hard to say, but with the possibility of life as we know it ending and two suns in the sky in 2012, it’s really starting to



look like they might have been on to something.

SOURCES:
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/04/2012storms/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/20/two-suns-twin-stars_n_811864.html

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