Friday, January 21, 2011

This Could be Sweet

Betelgeuse, a star named after a character in a Michael Keaton movie,* seems to be in its death throes.  Scientists predict that when it blows, it will be a very bright light in our sky, even as bright as a full moon for a period of time.

This could be very sweet.  Imagine being able to walk back to the hunting stand in thick woods without a flashlight if there are no clouds.  Or being able to read the bloody map/owner's manual/treasure map without ruining your night vision.  Don't want to do the yard work during the heat of the day?  Then do it at night by the light of the distant burning star!  Feral hogs gone nocturnal on you?  No problem.  Get some tritium open sights or an illuminated scope, and you're good to go.  No night vision goggles needed!

Yeah, this could have a lot of plusses.

Say it with me now:  Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse......

*Yes, I know, I know, the character was named after the star, not the other way around.  It's a joke.  Feel free to laugh.  I'll wait.


James A. Zachary Jr. said...


...couldn't have you waiting forever ;)

Joshkie said...

Did it happen to say when this glorious event will take place?

DaddyBear said...

Thanks James. Tip your waitstaff.

Josh, wacko rumor is 2012, but the scientists who'll go on the record are saying it could happen tomorrow, it could happen in a thousand years. If we see it tomorrow, it actually happened a few hundred years ago.

Joshkie said...

Ya, goof point I should of asked when will we see it?


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