Interruption: End of the World

I'm not entirely sure how many "End of the World" threats we get - I think there were a few last year.  There seems to be a lot all the time.

So, imagine my surprise to see one of Sky News MAIN headlines read "Supernova Star Blast Could Wipe Out Earth"

Scary stuff for six days into 2010...

So, out of interest to see how we'd die this time, I had a read...

Supernova Star Blast 'Could Wipe Out Earth'

A star is primed to explode in a blast that could wipe out the Earth, according to American astronomers.

The next blast from the T Pyxidis star is said to be overdue.

A new study shows the star, called T Pyxidis, is much closer than previously thought at 3,260 light-years away - a short hop in galactic terms.

It is set to self-destruct in an explosion called a supernova with the force of 20 billion billion billion megatons of TNT.

The blast from the thermonuclear explosion could strip away the Earth's ozone layer that keeps out deadly space radiation, scientists said.

The doomsday scenario was described by astronomers from Villanova University in Philadelphia.

They said the International Ultraviolet Explorer satellite has shown them that T Pyxidis is really two stars, one called a white dwarf that is sucking in gas and steadily growing.

When it reaches a critical mass it will blow itself to pieces.

It will become as bright as all the other stars in the galaxy put together and shine like a beacon halfway across the universe.

The experts said the Hubble space telescope photographed the star gearing up for its big bang with a series of smaller blasts or "burps", called novas.

These explosions came regularly about every 20 years from 1890, but stopped after 1967.

So the next blast is very overdue, said scientists Edward M Sion, Patrick Godon and Timothy McClain at the American Astronomical Society in Washington.

Robin Scagell, vice-president of the UK's Society for Popular Astronomy, said: "The star may certainly become a supernova soon - but soon could still be a long way off, so don't have nightmares."
Now, you'd have thought with the news channels over here streaming live feed from the Frozen Britain stuff would be plenty for them. Add on top of that the mess with the Government, and you've got a normal news day over here. Panic over something minor, ignore the fact the country is going to hell...

Basically, this news story reads... "A star a long long way away might blow up. Some time. Maybe. In the future. And we could, like.. die. Maybe. But *chuckle chortle* don't worry..."

Yep, slow news day...

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3 Responses to “Interruption: End of the World”

Kellie said...

We will be fine...... Doctor Who will save us...!!!!

The Sween! said...

That's a lot of TNT! Has it got ACME written on the side?

GreenCastle said...

lol bring it on... perhaps the blast will melt the snow and ice... oooo my first post from the n900... :-) heehee now i just need voda to switch the bloody sim on... i miss Orange already