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    Re: A supernova is due in Orion.

    Man, oh, man...that will be sooooo thrilling to see! Thanks for posting this info OpenMind

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    Were I to open the link, it would not be with any expectation of writing a date into my diary or checking my watch against the Greenwich time signal.
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    Re: A supernova is due in Orion.

    Thanks for the info!

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    Re: A supernova is due in Orion.

    That will be pretty amazing to see.
    Of course "anytime in the next million years", I may not not be able to stick around for the show.
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    Maybe if we're all good corpses God will permit us a two or three week furlough so we can watch? If we begin the process of asking now, he may see his way to doing it within a million years, accounting for the hard-ass nature he tends to exhibit every now and again.
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    Re: A supernova is due in Orion.

    How do they predict when it's going to happen, given Betelgeuse is 640 light years away ? That means if it exploded 40 years ago we wouldnt experience it for 600 years. Odd that the Daily Mail thinks it's imminent, not that its well known for its journalistic accuracy
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    Re: A supernova is due in Orion.

    Quote Originally Posted by Snowfire View Post
    How do they predict when it's going to happen, given Betelgeuse is 640 light years away ? That means if it exploded 40 years ago we wouldnt experience it for 600 years. Odd that the Daily Mail thinks it's imminent, not that its well known for its journalistic accuracy
    They (scientists, not the Mail) have seen a few, now, so they can guess the behavior pattern. Of course, since there is a 640 year lag in the visuals, it's hard to tell, and they haven't actually seen one this close before. that means this can be a great opportunity for the scientist to study it relatively up close.

    It could have happened 639 years 11 months and 29 days ago, for all we know.
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    Re: A supernova is due in Orion.

    Scary thing is in the past they have found evidence of these events that theoretically have put off enough radiation to sterilize whole galactic neighborhoods. Thank God it's not happening tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrat View Post
    Scary thing is in the past they have found evidence of these events that theoretically have put off enough radiation to sterilize whole galactic neighborhoods. Thank God it's not happening tomorrow.
    It's a good reason to spread Earth-life beyond the confines of a single solar system as soon as possible though.
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