Everyone knows that scene from Star Wars: A New Hope, where Luke Skywalker is standing outside on planet Tattooine with those two suns in the sky. Watching them set on the horizon wondering “what could be” for the future Jedi. While this was only an effect on film in real life this is actually possible and it’s going to happen. By the end of 2012 we could be seeing two suns in the sky, even if it’s for only a couple of weeks.
Just what’s going to give us double dose of daylight?
Thanks to a red super-giant star, as in it’s about to die, in the Orion’s nebula we’ll be seeing a pilgrimage to recreate the Luke scenes for weeks on end. The star know as Betelgeuse (Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse!) is predicted to be at it’s end and about to go all Death Star with a massive super-nova that could reach Earth by the end of 2012. The second largest star in the nebula, when it finally decides to call it a lifetime and collapse it’ll be tens of millions of times brighter than our sun. Just don’t go stocking up on sunscreen just yet however, this is only a theory.
According to Dr. Brad Carter, Senior Lecturer of Physics at the University of Southern Queensland “This old star is running out of fuel in it’s center…This 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.” The bad news is, it might not happen for another million years but when it does whoever is alive to see this will need sunglasses for sure. The resulting bang will mean that for several weeks it’ll be perpetual sunlight, 24 hours of tanning light. After a few weeks it will finally begin to fade and after a few months it’ll become very hard to see at all. With Star Wars forums lighting up with news over this it has been accompanied by doomsday theories, with the impending supernova being associated with the end of the world.
Even if this double sun has people thinking it’s going to be the end of the world George Lucas is going to make a ton of money releasing a line of Tatooine clothing (hint,hint). If 2012 means the end of the world at least a world of nerds will be able to fill out a wish from their bucket list.