I'm just starting to hear about this star in the Orion constaellation that is on the verge of going supernova (errr....HAS GONE supernova, we are just 650 million light years away) Its the very top star above the belt. The star will collapse, its a matter of when, but leaks out of some observatories is that its well on the way. Perhaps the light from it is only weeks, or months away. Is Betelgeuse about to blow? | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine If this happens it will be brighter than the full moon, and appear as two suns in some places. Other regions will have 24 hr days for months. The blog goes on to say that we are too far away to be affected by its eventual radiation, and then collapsing into a black hole. The issue we might have is on extra light affecting crops. But one thing is for sure...it will affect people on Earth in other ways. Peeps are gunna go BAT $#!T!! Thought it was interesting. The Blogger warns that the sources are unnamed...so walk gently.