Sunday, January 23, 2011
It sounds like the plot of a science-fiction movie...but a "second sun" might be on its way this year, as the red supergiant Betelgeuse, which is part of the Orion constellation 640 light years away from Earth, is nearing the end of its life and is ready to explode.
When Betelgeuse does explode, it will be so bright it will appear that the Earth will have two suns from one to two weeks.
So brace yourself for two suns, my friend, as Betelgeuse is slated to explode any time from now...to a million years in the future.
An unusually harsh winter has been blamed in Vietnam by its Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for a rash of 10,000 cattle and buffalo deaths, according to WSBT News:
"The government is attributing this death to the exceptionally cold winter, however, and not to any of the swirling theories explaining other recent instances of animal deaths."
Those other recent instances of mass animal deaths include birds falling from the sky in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Italy; thousand of fish in Maryland and Brazil, and hundreds of cows dying in Wisconsin.
However, despite the rough winter in Vietnam -- with temperatures -- cattle in other parts of the world, such as North Dakota, survive in far greater cold conditions.