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light has mass?
    
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There is absolutely no scientific proof that Betelgeuse will explode within the next year.

In fact, most astronomers put the stars demise at anywhere within the next 1000 years, to the next 1,000,000 years.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betelgu...hing_supernova
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Betelgeuse is already old for its size class and is expected to explode relatively soon compared to its age. Solving the riddle of mass-loss will be the key to knowing when a supernova might occur, an event expected anytime in the next million years, with some speculation it could even occur in the next millennium.
Simple fact is, they just don't know enough about its mass loss, to make an accurate prediction.

In fact the article linked in the original post actually states this as well... making its own opening statement and title, a little misleading.

Now it is possible, an explosion could occur very soon, likely within our lifetimes, but no one really knows for sure. But astronomers and scientists have known for at least a year now, as they had reported in 2009 that Betelgeuse had rapidly lost over 15% of its mass, compared to measurements taken 15 years prior.
     
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light has mass?
Given that light can be in at least 2 states (a wave or a particle and probably both at the same time, lol) then yes... I suppose when it is a particle it must have mass, no?
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light has mass?
No, particles that make up light (photons) are massless.

Edit: Light is interesting in that it is both a wave and a particle at the same time. In that it's made up of particles but travels in a wave which is why we have a spectrum of light.
Edited by bR0ken_pr0Jector - 1/19/11 at 11:28am
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Wouldn't an explosion like this , the neutrons and whatever else it emits travel faster than the speed of light?
No--why would they?
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light has mass?
Maybe.
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My brain hurts!

and this doesn't help at all >.<


something about an"equivalence principle"
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It's good to hear that the 2012 doomsday idiots have something else to "confirm" their predictions. I swear, if I meet someone in real life who thinks that crap is real, I might just kick them in the throat.
And here is more AMMO, for you to use.

Dare them to prove, that any actual predictions for a 2012 doomsday actually exist.

IF, they refer to this Mayan Calendar nonsense; then all you have to do is point out the simple fact that the Mayan Calender does not actually say anything, nothing, what so ever, about a doomsday event.

What it actually predicts.

Is a rebirth! Its a repeat of a very long cycle. Some claim the 2012 predictions on the calendar mean a "reawakening" of the human soul and conscious. In fact it is not even the end of the Mayan Calendar as many believe. There are these bull**** claims that the Calendar just stops, on December 21, 2012. Not true! Considering the Calender makes additional prophecies for another 300 - 1000 years into our future, including the resurrection of some famous Mayan King on his birthday some 300 years from now.

So yea... Doomsday? End of the world?

Bull****!

The Mayans themselves never even said anything about that!
     
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I think its about time to take every single scientist, tell them to work together, and make some crazy space stuff. Why? So when Earth does go kaboom from this (it will eventually) we have methods of escaping... Plus, it'd be interesting to see how long it takes before the scientists go crazy and kill each other.
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If it's aything like my old Chevy Nova, it'll light up the night sky.
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I think its about time to take every single scientist, tell them to work together, and make some crazy space stuff. Why? So when Earth does go kaboom from this (it will eventually) we have methods of escaping... Plus, it'd be interesting to see how long it takes before the scientists go crazy and kill each other.
The earth is bound to go kaboom one day even if not from this. We need to get into Star Wars mode and start colonizing space if our species is to survive...
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