Coming Soon: A second sun?

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    Will it signify the coming of another messiah?

    Palin maybe?
     
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    2012 eh? Well I guess we know how the world gonna end.
     
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    The guy that wrote the article is an idiot. While a supernova is extremely bright, one 640 light years away will not appear like a sun to us, it will just be an extraordinarily bright star. Not to mention that to be a sun we would actually have to be in orbit around it.

    That picture in Star Wars is nice, but it will not happen in this universe. Two stars close enough together to appears as discs from the surface of a planet would result in the larger one eventually swallowing the smaller one, and their would be streams of plasma indicating that the process is actively occurring. Any planet in the immediate vicinity would be uninhabitable.
     
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    Betelgeuse may or may not actually be there anymore, but I tend to doubt the predictions that we'll see the light from the supernova on any given date or even year. We just don't know enough to predict it with any sort of accuracy. It could be tomorrow...or in a thousand years, or ten thousand, or a hundred thousand, you get the idea. "Soon" in astronomical terms is a deceptive idea to human timeframes.

    But if it does happen in my lifetime, it'll be odd to see Orion without it.
     
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    Nope........the best chance for us to have twin suns would be if Jupiter suddenly exploded. It's the only planet in the solar system that has the right kind of make up.
     
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    However, if Betelguese blew up, it may end up showing up like the Star of Bethlehem did.
     
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    That's me.
     
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    OK, we have the left wing explanation.

    What is the "right wing" explanation?
     

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