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Robert Nowall
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Did you see this one? Might happen in our lifetimes...

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,525695,00.html


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Zero
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It might already be gone, for that matter.
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Devnal
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Is it just me or does that pic at the link totally mess with you when you look away and back at it?
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DWD
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It'll be OK, though. Just say the name three times and it'll come back.
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Zero
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Whoa Devnal that's so trippy!
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Poor Ford and Zaphod Although I seem to remember Zaphod blew up his own planet. So perhaps he's still at work now.

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Red giant stars are thought to have short, complicated and violent lifespans.

Sadly the same could be said of writers.

[This message has been edited by Pyre Dynasty (edited June 11, 2009).]


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Okay, I leaned back in my chair while I was reading the article, and for a moment I thought I was losing my mind (or my eyesight). That is kind of trippy.
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Robert Nowall
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Feel sorry for the serious SF writers who set stories in and around Betelgeuse...
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Oh, that's just great. Now, Orion will lose his pants!
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/quote: Red giant stars are thought to have short, complicated and violent lifespans. /quote

Hate to nitpick, but red giant stars are the second stage of stars such as our own sun. When their Hydrogen mostly burns out they expand to many times their original size and begin burning Helium. When the Helium burns out they collapse into a brown dwarf and disappear except for a slight radiation signature. They burn for billions of years.

Edit: I was wondering why Fox would make such an obvious mistake. The answer is Betelgeuse is classified as a red supergiant and not a red giant. Supergiants are among the largest stars, and thus have extremely short lifespans. Betelgeuse has an estimated lifespan of 8.5 million years.

*The more you know*

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although, it would be sweet to see the explosion...
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