Heaven cannot brook two suns, nor earth two masters.

-Alexander the Great

Yet another famous quote may be proven wrong. Yes…………….!!!

We may be witnessing the “Second Sun” at least temporarily for some weeks.There may also be no nights during this time frame…

Already the whole world is petrified by the prophecies on 2012. Adding further shudder to the precarious scenarios, this celestial phenomenon is coinciding with 2012.

The artistic Impressions of the phenomena is shown below.

Two Suns - 2012
Two Suns – 2012

The reason for this is due to the gradual death of Betelgeuse, the red super-giant, that is the second biggest star in the Orion constellation with a radius of 5.5 AU is roughly 1,180 times the radius of the Sun—a sphere so huge that it could contain over 2 quadrillion Earths (2.15 × 1015) or more than 1.6 billion (1.65 × 109) Suns. That is the equivalent of Betelgeuse being a giant football coliseum like Wembley Stadium in London with the Earth a tiny pearl, 1 millimeter in diameter.

Hubble's View of Betelgeuse
Betelgeuse by Hubble Telescope
Betelgeuse position in Orion
Betelgeuse position in Orion

Death of a star means, losing its mass due to gravitational collapse. Literally the star is running out of fuel at its core, essential for shinning and being a star and end up in Supernova says Brad Carter, a senior lecturer of physics at the University of Southern Queensland.

supernova is a stellar explosion that is more energetic and are extremely luminous and cause a burst of radiation that often briefly outshines an entire galaxy, before fading from view over several weeks or months. During this short interval, a supernova can radiate as much energy as the Sun is expected to emit over its entire life span. The explosion expels much or all of a star’s material at a velocity of up to 30,000 km/s (10% of the speed of light), driving a shock wave, into the surrounding interstellar medium. This shock wave sweeps up an expanding shell of gas and dust called a “supernova remnant”.

When Betelgeuse becomes supernova, the explosion and luminosity created, may appear as second sun in the sky until it fades.

This Star Wars scenario could happen by 2012, or it may prolong…..But the coincidence with 2012 makes it curious.

The explosion could also cause a “neutron star” or result in the formation of a “black hole” 1300 light years from the earth.

Usually when a star becomes Supernova, even though it lights up the skies on a visible spectrum it also showers its energy in the form of tiny particles called “Neutrinos” in all directions.Eventually earth and all the living beings will be exposed to these particles, without causing any harm.In fact supernova produce elements that are critical to the life on earth. Most heavy weight elements on Periodic Table  like silver, gold and uranium are formed on earth from these supernovi.

Speculations and Prophecies:

The believers of  “2012 Armageddon” prophecies by Mayan and Chinese Calendars, are reiterating that this could be the result of prophecy or the end of the world referred as “Apocalypse”.The word “Betelgeuse” derives from a Arabic phrase “yad Al Jauza” meaning the “hand of Al-Jauza” referring to a mysterious woman who controls the order of the universe.

Although scientists believe, this is yet another celestial happening, which is more beneficial and vital to the universe and has no connection to the Apocalypse or Armageddon.

Eventually, we are lucky to witness this celestial happening in our life times.