Saturday, January 22, 2011

Cosmic News

A nearby star, Betelgeuse, is gearing up to turn into a supernova and will "give us two suns." The article about this upcoming event begins,

The Earth could find itself with a 'second sun' for a period of weeks later this year when one of the night sky's most luminous stars explodes, scientists have claimed.

But don't get too excited, because later in the article they explain that the calculations are not quite that precise. The window during which they expect the event to occur is actually about one million years. So it might be later this year, or it might be the year 1,002,011 or so.

Apparently the American media is not alone in writing idiotic prose.

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