Beware the email rumor about “Betelgeuse.” What does “Betelgeuse” mean, anyhow?

Betelgeuse has been in the news again recently. No, not the creepy character played by Michael Keaton in the 1988 Tim Burton movie Beetlejuice . We’re talking about the red supergiant star in the constellation Orion, that Betelgeuse.

Apparently, some pseudo-scientific gossip is circulating online claiming that Betelgeuse will explode in 2012, causing damaging neutrino release and gamma radiation. There will be two bright, sun-like bodies in our earthling sky, the sun and a superbright type II supernova.

This cataclysmic doomsday prediction is a bunch of hoo-ha, malarkey, bunkum, and we’ll gladly take the opportunity to talk about the wonderful words associated with this wacky hoax. Let’s begin with the eighth brightest star in the night sky that also has one of the greatest names of all the stars, Betelgeuse.

Betelgeuse’s moniker comes from Arabic, dating from a time when the hottest scientific discoveries came from the Middle East of the 16th Century. Orion was known as the constellation “the Giant” or al-Juaza. Bet- is a shortening of abet, or armpit, the location of the star in the giant’s constellation: bet al-Juaza became “Betelgeuse” as it moved to usage in Europe.

(Don’t forget the intriguing origin of the word “hoax” itself. It may have to do with sacrilegious puns. Get the story, here.)

So how about the Star Trek-sounding effects promised in this cataclysmic doomsday warning? Well, when a star of Betelgeuse’s mass collapses, it releases neutrinos, elusive particles that travel almost as fast as light. As the name suggests, neutrinos aren’t harmful – they pass through matter without effect.

Gamma rays may be the basis of many Marvel Comics heroes and villains, but in real life they are a form of high frequency light with a wavelength too short to appear in the visible spectrum. Gamma radiation is emitted from a nuclear reaction, essentially what’s happening inside an exploding star. If exposed, this would be bad news for Earthlings. Fortunately, scientists concur that Betelgeuse’s gamma rays would not be pointing in our general direction, so we should be safe when Betelgeuse supernovas.

(This isn’t the first time we’ve written about false reports of planets and stars changing the night sky. Check out the bizarre case of Mars and learn the violent meaning behind the planet’s name, here.)

Finally, what about the appearance of 2012 in the hyperbolic prediction? 2012 is associated with doomsday predictions of varying origin, most relating to the ending of the Mayan calendar in that year. The truth is, while astronomers are very certain Betelgeuse will supernova, and relatively soon, that “relatively” is in astronomical time, which can be pinpointed precisely down to sometime in the next million years. That means you have plenty of time to receive more email hoaxes in your inbox.

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  1. laxsiya -  June 9, 2011 - 1:35 pm


  2. AMY-LOU -  February 8, 2011 - 5:50 am

    The Demon Ira on February 3, 2011 at 4:59 am
    Hey this is to Ira Von wrath A.K.A The Demon Ira. I believe that what you say it the truth…..even though you scare the crap outta me half the time! ROFL!


  3. AMY-LOU -  February 8, 2011 - 5:48 am


  4. Amies -  February 8, 2011 - 5:47 am

    Epesse on January 31, 2011 at 7:59 am
    aimes… you shoulg run up to mr.smarr and say beetlejuice 3 times. maybe he will disappear.

    Tried it….And instead he told me he dreamed about me being this dark angel thing…lol.

  5. Your Worst Nightmare -  February 3, 2011 - 10:26 pm

    I believe that all of you should respect each other’s beliefs and GET OVER IT. LOOK this is JUST an ARTICLE. You don’t NEED to be throwing comments at each other as if it were knifes of DEATH. Yeah, that’s right, GO AHEAD. Do WHATEVER you people want. NOBODY is stopping YOU. YOU stop yourself.

    PS- I think that a fraction of you are children without a mind at all.

    • rv -  November 22, 2016 - 1:00 am

      its ‘knives’ not knifes

  6. The Demon Ira -  February 3, 2011 - 4:59 am

    Hey this is to Ira Von wrath A.K.A The Demon Ira. I believe that what you say it the truth…..even though you scare the crap outta me half the time! ROFL!

  7. hahahahehehahuhuha -  February 2, 2011 - 9:34 pm

    wow this is the stupidest third actualy thing i’ve heard all day
    also how will we all die anyways???

  8. twirly -  February 1, 2011 - 12:58 pm

    someone just stepped on my tail…it hurts real bad :-(

  9. The Demon Ira -  February 1, 2011 - 5:47 am


    I believe your calculations are correct, and if the star did go SuperNova Type II we would not know about it for 640 years. Nor would it actually affect the Earth.

    We have more to worry about from the Comets that pass Earth every so often, or a nuclear war from our own race.

    Gotta Love Science Dude :)

    Ira Von Wrath

  10. ron -  January 31, 2011 - 10:11 pm

    Betelgeuse is 3.3 light years away. hardly a problem.

    but the real point is that if it does go nova in 2012 we will not know about it until sometime in 2015.

  11. TSIM | Wyatt's Stuffarium -  January 31, 2011 - 9:04 pm

    [...] away, too far away to hurt us. BTW, Dictionary.com’s The Hot Word blog has a great post about Betelgeuse. In Satchian, Betelgeuse is Mroþu, a completely made-up name. The only reason I have made-up names [...]

  12. Blake -  January 31, 2011 - 6:09 pm

    Hubris Hugo, your calculations are utter nonsense. You can’t even seem to figure out whether a lightyear measures time or distance. A lightyear is by definition the distance that light travels in a year. Light takes 1 year to travel 1 lightyear, and 640 years to travel 640 lightyears.

    The Earth is constantly bombarded by gamma rays from the sun, so you’re wrong there too. Gamma rays are light, and so they always travel through space at the speed of light.

    Regardless, I’m not sure why you’re attacking me when were on the same side.

  13. G -  January 31, 2011 - 5:34 pm

    I noticed that some people have been mentioning the sun “going-nova” as a possible apocalyptic senario the problem with this is that before a star can “go-nova” it must progress through the red-giant stage and the white-dwarf stage before it can explode each of those stages last longer than a billion years and are more than 2 billion years away.

    Not to mention that the earth would be SUPER heated (past twice the temperature of mercury) so that no life could possably be sustained there. So I can personally guarantee that no human will ever die from the sun “going-nova”.

  14. UKNOIT -  January 31, 2011 - 5:03 pm

    JUST STOP COMMENTING EVERY1 GETS THE WORLD WILL NOT END IN 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Gravity Cat -  January 31, 2011 - 4:55 pm

    Gravity Cat says “Why you no clean litterbox?”. Man says “Have you heard Gravity Cat, the end of the world is comming because a star is blowing up!” Gravity Cat replies “And where did you hear that?”. Man replies “Got an email from a Prudent Wise Guy.” Gravity Cat says “Gravity Cat is not amused.” (Man goes flying everywhere and explodes.)

  16. THE PRUDENT WISE GUY -  January 31, 2011 - 4:31 pm

    and this time is WAY OFF.

  17. anonymous -  January 31, 2011 - 4:21 pm

    amazing what rumours people these days can think up of

  18. this is stupid crap -  January 31, 2011 - 4:19 pm


  19. this is stupid crap -  January 31, 2011 - 4:13 pm

    lol this time is screwd.

  20. Hubris Hugo -  January 31, 2011 - 4:07 pm

    also, if gamma rays hit the Earth at the speed of light, we would not see it or know it happened because we would be killed nearly instantaneously by all of the rays be thrust at us. Peaceful death, maybe. Though the world will not end anytime soon.

    and with that, whoever believes in these hoaxes and are terrible at math and calculations (Blake), is a completely misunderstood.

  21. Hubris Hugo -  January 31, 2011 - 3:55 pm

    IF YOU WOULD LOOK AT MY COMMENTS ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^


    also, the Mayan calendar is usually inaccurate and WAS COMPLETED DURING THE MAYA’S HARSH RULE!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Hubris Hugo -  January 31, 2011 - 3:45 pm

    To answer Renata

    The Mayan calendar is made up of 3 long, different sized stones.

    You are supposed to understand that the two smallest are supposed to be like gears turning opposite directions.

    The symbols on these stones could mean anything from a good harvest, to war, and in your case, the Apocalypse.

    THe Mayan calendar and its gears, through the Mayan writing, states that the world will end on the date of 12 / 21 / 2012.

    There was absolutely no interference with this date and all of these readings are mainly astronomical.

    The Mayans new this date or close to it, it was not because they died off or vanished. Their calendar was complete during their rein over the Americas.

    • spellingchamp101 -  June 6, 2014 - 6:13 am

      you spelled reign wrong. you spelled it rein. reins are what you use to make horses do what you tell them to.

  23. Hubris Hugo -  January 31, 2011 - 3:27 pm

    To comment on Blake ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Light rays travel at a speed of more than 186,282 miles per second.

    That being said 1 year is equal to 1 lightyear which is equal to 31,556,926 seconds.

    Betelgeuse’s distance is in fact approximately 640 lightyears.

    The amount of miles in a lightyear is equal to about 587,848,728,900 miles.

    Dividing the distance by 640 lightyears, you would come up with about 918,513,638.9 seconds / year

    The time it would take for the rays to hit the Earth would be a little more than 29 years.

    That being said, we will not know if Betelgeuse has gone supernova until the 29 years after it has happened!!!

  24. ag -  January 31, 2011 - 3:08 pm

    lol @ smoothius,Eppesse and funkykittenofdeath..\m/ don’t forget to draw a door on the wall and knock 3 times and call out beetleguices name 3 times.!!!! hehehe

  25. I have no name -  January 31, 2011 - 2:15 pm

    Betelgeuse is such an awesome name.

  26. Chubster -  January 31, 2011 - 1:56 pm

    Where did you get your research?
    I think this is also based on opinion…
    I wish i had super powers from gamma radiation…

  27. Jake -  January 31, 2011 - 1:34 pm

    For all we know, the world can end tomorrow. Never know when the world will end. Matter of fact, it can end right after I post this… :-|

  28. Luke Ridge -  January 31, 2011 - 12:48 pm

    Betelgeuse – Ford’s home solar system from Douglas Adams Hitch-hikers Guide to the galaxy.

  29. Renata -  January 31, 2011 - 12:32 pm

    wow i really think that who ever believes in this has to go and read a bible for crying out loud.

  30. Renata -  January 31, 2011 - 12:29 pm

    This is very weird i don’t and what someone had said already the Mayan calendar ends in 2012 because they didn’t have anybody to continue it.

  31. What a relief -  January 31, 2011 - 12:11 pm

    OMG what a relief!! Thank you for making me not worry anymore!!So beautifully written!!

  32. asdf -  January 31, 2011 - 11:36 am

    @MissEurope ‘s last sentence

    oh like you? except you didn’t ‘know just a little’, you copied it from wikipedia. Please stop denigrating others. :D

  33. Blake -  January 31, 2011 - 11:24 am

    Umm, Mr. Matthew Goyena, I think you must have fallen asleep in physics 101. Where did gravity come into the picture? Betelgeuse is 640 light years away, which means that nothing that leaves Betelgeuse in 2012 can arrive at Earth for at least 640 years. Why? Because nothing can travel faster than light.

    Where did you get the idea that there is no gravity in space? Gravity keeps satellites in orbit around Earth, it keeps the Earth in orbit around the sun (technically, the Earth and sun orbit each other), it holds our galaxy together, and it holds clusters of galaxies together. Gravity exists everywhere. Even Betelgeuse feels the effects of the Earth’s gravity, although it is so far away that the effect is insignificant (fyi the force of gravity decreases is inversely proportional to the distance squared).

    I concede that Betelgeuse could have exploded 639 years ago, causing us to see the supernova in 2012, but that is unlikely. Even if that does/did happen, it won’t effect my life. We already have a brilliant source of radiation roughly 9 light minutes away from Earth, namely the sun.

    Harvey Wachtel, I’m aware that you were joking, but I would like to point out that our sun does not have the mass to create a supernova. However, in a few billion years, it will swell up into a red giant and swallow the inner planets.

    Finally, the world is not going to end in 2012. Wake up and smell reality.

  34. Anonymous -  January 31, 2011 - 10:42 am

    @Bryan, @Jim and everyone else who always yells in all caps “FIRST COMMENT!!!!!! YEAH!!!!”, please: you’re never actually first. The thing that says how many comments there are is messed up, apparently, and it never works. So please, stop DOING THAT!

  35. Lk -  January 31, 2011 - 10:32 am

    There ARE elephants on the moon, I have seen them!

  36. fuzzykittenofdeath -  January 31, 2011 - 10:20 am

    Epesse ur so crazy maybe we should do that to Mr.Smarr and see what happens…..LOL!

  37. Jim C -  January 31, 2011 - 9:37 am

    It could have already exploded – we won’t know for 600+ years. By that time we’ll all be gone; except Joan Rivers, who will be on her 150th face lift.

  38. Baxstar -  January 31, 2011 - 9:29 am

    sorry that i spelled wops wrong >:O

  39. Baxstar -  January 31, 2011 - 9:29 am

    sorry i ment Dec.31 wips :o

  40. Baxstar -  January 31, 2011 - 9:28 am

    well thats like when the’re saying at 12:59.9pm on Dec. 21 of 2011 that the worlds going to end :/

  41. Bryan H. Allen -  January 31, 2011 - 9:11 am

    Jim at 2:02 pm, you win the copper prize (4th place).

    Of course, more than one “Bryan” posts here. So far as I know, the world-famous Bryan L. Allen has not posted a comment here yet. (Now you know why I insert my middle initial.)

    BHA in LA, CA, US

  42. myother -  January 31, 2011 - 8:43 am

    Someone should tell the Myans to stop spreading rumors.

  43. Tajae -  January 31, 2011 - 8:40 am

    I seriously believe that you want tom know the truth. Research it yourself, don’t believe everything you hear or see.. find out for yourself.

  44. Arun ashwin -  January 31, 2011 - 8:26 am

    And the world’s never gonna end in 2012,According to legend it might be true, but scientifically it has not been approved

  45. Arun ashwin -  January 31, 2011 - 8:22 am

    This is just a piece of hoax. According to humans Betelguese is the biggest star ever known to us but it still has to get bigger

  46. im not telling you -  January 31, 2011 - 8:14 am

    ha ha thats stupid the fourth guy and yes 4th meaning the fourth in the thing and hes not the first

  47. Epesse -  January 31, 2011 - 7:59 am

    aimes… you shoulg run up to mr.smarr and say beetlejuice 3 times. maybe he will disappear.

  48. Jim-Bob -  January 31, 2011 - 7:40 am

    Just follow daily headlines in the news and one can easily conclude that humanity is hell-bent on bringing about its own demise. Perhaps, to bring about a self-fulfilling prophacy for 2012. No spectacular or Hollywoodesque ending is necessary or likely. With each new hate-fueled conflict around the world, we grow closer to snuffing ourselves out. Ironic that as unique as we may be in the universe, we would chose such a meaningless end. Of course on the cosmic scale, we’re already infinitesimally insignificant.

  49. u lost -  January 31, 2011 - 7:30 am

    the game lol

  50. stupido -  January 31, 2011 - 7:15 am

    hey if you’re all wise enough as u always think so.. everythin that happened & will happen was already written – u just have 2 trace d events – it’s just a matter of time 4 d human species…

  51. smoothius -  January 31, 2011 - 7:08 am

    if it does blow can we just say beetlejuice three times and bring it back?

  52. Na Na Na -  January 31, 2011 - 6:58 am

    I just wanted to say about the Mayan Calendar ending in 2012, that maybe the Mayan’s just got tired of writing the calender. Think about it, would you want to write a calender dating to 2374(example date), when you know you wont be alive?

  53. Sky -  January 31, 2011 - 6:56 am

    Jamie you are such a snob.

  54. The Demon Ira -  January 31, 2011 - 6:45 am

    But then again, Life goes on. Who knows if it will end as we all think, but I rather believe Nature will consume us, or Hell will end us, then base it on some pathetic written words, or stones we can not see.

    Thank you all for your time, May you burn in Hell like the rest of Humanity :)

  55. Harvey Wachtel -  January 31, 2011 - 6:36 am

    Blake’s post (“Betelgeuse is 640 light years away”) is interesting. Since (nearly-unmeasurable quantum weirdness aside) we can know nothing of events on Betelgeuse in the past 640 years, I think we have to use an earth-centric time-frame that counts 640 years ago as a Betelgeusian “now”. Hey, maybe our sun went nova five minutes ago…chew on that one for the next three minutes.

  56. Matthew Goyena -  January 31, 2011 - 6:30 am

    Umm….. Mr.Blake its in space when your in space try to throw a rock it will not stop unless it is pulled by gravity you know why? Because in space there is no gravity when there is no gravity there is no weight.But I’m not telling that the worlds gonna end in 2012 I’ m just telling you it has a possibility

  57. Epesse -  January 31, 2011 - 6:27 am

    I dont have to worry if the world ends cause i have a condo in hell so ha!!!!

  58. AIMES -  January 31, 2011 - 6:01 am

    Well if we humans were really smart like some people i know! Yo jon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You would clearly know that the world isnt going to end in 2012! People please do you work so you can get your facts straight.

  59. bpleasebelieve -  January 31, 2011 - 5:25 am

    I’m a little concerned at this point about what’s going on with the planet. To expose something like a supernova would result in total chaos. Chaos means: all that currency that would have been made, will be tampered with-thus hindering shuttle monies to lease a space ship to leave the earth, lol. People there is something going on! (Mysterious deaths of thousands of Black Birds, tons of dead fish and cattle, oil spills…) Just becasue you have not accomplished all you’ve wanted to in life, does not mean we have millions of years left. Sooooo get busy! Write that book you’ve always wanted to, talk to that girl, or get that bucket list crossed off and out of the way. True the earth may still be here for thousands of years, but we may not. Live your life! Don’t be offended, angry, or afraid; make your amends with GOD or your higher power and keep it moving. It my not be in 2012 or 2013 or whenever, but it will happen, and if we do not change what we are doing to the globe, (heating it up, tearing away its ozone layer, or polluting its airwaves) we are certain for doom. Why is it that sp many prohecies have come true throughout history, but not this one. It’s all or nothing with theses things, we cant pick and choose to suit our own needs. I’m not saying to sell all your stocks and buy a truck load of can goods-but lend it a smidge of credence…thats all. It’s all about preperation, such is life.

  60. The Demon Ira -  January 31, 2011 - 5:24 am

    The World will not end as the Mayan’s predict, or even the way of the Bible. Not in Fire, nor in Ice, but in the Destruction of Nature. Mankind’s own hand has brought about its own destruction, by angering Nature. Mother Nature will destroy our world if it is not already ended in the year 2100.

    Most may ask how she will do this? By unleashing her Ultimate and Final Fury, The Perfect Storm upon the entire world. This storm, brought about by Mankind’s destruction of the Ozone, will be the end of Humanity. Those that survive will have lost all that we have come to need such as cars and guns.

    We will be returned to the Dark Ages, The Age of Knights and Iron, or perhaps the Stone Age, where no electricity or fire lives.

    Can Humanity handle this? I think not, Humanity is too reliant on Technology to carry them through life. But no matter who is right, Humanity will be reduced to a handful of weak-minded, and weak-bodied people that will simply end the last hope for your race.

  61. Ben -  January 31, 2011 - 5:21 am

    it’s not really idiotic to consider hoax phenoms such as the Betelgeuse as something of value for scientifically, it is understandable why the world could end if such hoax surprised us to be true. that’s what these scientists are there for. they’re the ones who discover and feed us with these heavenly occurences and so hoaxes about ‘em could only come from them, too. again it’s sucks to believe, not to consider.

  62. Heyyyyy i dont have a cool name yet! -  January 31, 2011 - 5:18 am

    Ira you are totally right but Epesse is right dont watch the scince channal!!!!!!!

  63. Epesse -  January 31, 2011 - 5:13 am

    I agree With Ira, but dont want the science channel unless you want your mind to go all goey on the inside.

  64. The Demon Ira -  January 31, 2011 - 5:06 am

    The world will not end due to the Mayan date, but in 2100 by Mankinds own hands. Science has proven this, as Mother Nature will finally unleash her ultimate fury, the Perfect Storm, upon the nations of the world. When this happens, You can kiss your behind goodbye and hope that there is truly peace after death. This is the doom of humanity, not the Prediction of the Mayans, not the words of the bible, but the Destruction of Humanity’s own hand.

    If you don’t believe this, Kindly watch the Science Channel, and speak to a Weather Science.

  65. Carl -  January 31, 2011 - 4:31 am

    Now wouldn’t be funny if it did blow in 2012. What words would you eat? There is no way to know when this sun will explode. Scientists think it is a big enough to go super nova so it will explode. But to say it will explode 2012 is just like picking a number between 1 and 1000000 and hitting the right number.

  66. Rachael -  January 31, 2011 - 3:21 am

    I think the whole thing is just ridiculous. In my life time I couldn’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve seen the end of the world predicted. Then the people who buy into it are just as ridiculous. Yes, it’s a given, we are all going to die, some sooner than others, some…maybe not soon enough, but either way, if there’s going to be a worldwide death scene? Let’s put the blame where it should go, it’ll be on warring governments, not nature, not gods, and surely not exploding stars, and that my friends doesn’t need any prophecy.

  67. Fusc -  January 31, 2011 - 1:48 am

    This is a stupid article, the autor lacks skill. They should hang him from the highest tree and let his corpse rot.

  68. Amateur -  January 31, 2011 - 1:33 am

    Why always be happen like this…

  69. David -  January 31, 2011 - 12:16 am

    umm, for all we know, the world could end 2moro, but not by some star or something exploding or any other bullcrap ppl come up with…the end of the world is gonna begin it’s process when the first prophesies(from the Bible) of the end of this world begin to be fullfilled…so if u ask me…repent! If u think im jst some Bible freak…well not really but jst keep this in mind when the end does come, u’l see for urself

  70. Won'tbefooledagain -  January 30, 2011 - 11:59 pm

    2012. I hear it so many times. Over the last few years, it has become a lucrative business to say the world ends, and the 2012 the movie made that officially true.
    Strangely enough, I think the movie’s release was also the time when people started realizing how ridiculous the entire idea was.

    So for the last 2,011 years (and more), there have been at least a million prophecies saying the world ends. Some unfortunate souls took one of them seriously. But 2012… it became a multimillion dollar business!!

    So here’s some financial proposals for you in the next decade.
    - Go write another book to add to the new library of 2012 propaganda, and make some money off those fools. You just need to rip off some stretched opinions and half-truths from other authors, who’ve obviously done the same thing.
    - Once 2012 is done, loosely scramble for more coincidences, obscure facts, and bloated opinions; and reuse the entire prophecy for 2020! No doubt you will find a fan base that chooses “Loud” over “Logic.”
    - Or, join me in putting together a campaign called “Never Again!” where we can work to directly assault this kind of junk and educate the people to never again fall for such manipulative lies.
    - Also, can some lawyer put together a lawsuit suing History Channel for fraud? For God’s sake, if anyone’s personally responsible for amplifying the 2012 franchise, it’s them. Over the years, the network gives the apocalypse crowd LIMITLESS air time to publicize crackpot theories masked as facts and science, coupled with graphic effects to scare people!! Geez!

  71. Nicola -  January 30, 2011 - 11:48 pm

    Hot Word, for once, is correct. All of these “hoaxes” are false. The 1999 “world will end” hoax, the Venus and Earth hoax, the “Mars is a moon” hoax and the 2012 “world will end” hoax…why do people start fake rumours for no reason? Now, all these hoaxes are being leaded by the newest, the Betelgeuse hoax – which, like the others, is false!

    It’s quite amusing how people easily believe the rumours, lies and stories told on the Internet, especially the chain mail in e-mail. If you have been led by so many hoaxes only to find that they are not true, why bother to believe that the Betelgeuse hoax will be true?

    Also, there are many more hoaxes than the ones I listed. A few more circulating, for example, are the Jupiter’s Menace hoax, the Saturn Cyclone hoax and the Sun’s fireballs hoax.


  72. Prejudiceeh -  January 30, 2011 - 11:20 pm

    I give this written work a d+, perhaps a c.

    “Star Trek” sound effects are also referred to as Bleeps? or sci fi sounds, ambiance?

    2012 Destruction is a hoax but you fail to mention the different views of 2012 from different cultures and how it is believed to be a time of ascension? Do research for your next article and perhaps some advice, your opinion feels forceful over the reader

    Dictionary.com, you have brought me entertainment too.

  73. mike -  January 30, 2011 - 9:59 pm

    Betelgeuse? Didn’t know people were even talking about it. I think Nibiru is of a little more concern. PS- the 2012 movie sucked.

  74. Megafan -  January 30, 2011 - 8:52 pm

    It’s almost funny what people will believe if they see it on the internet. The next thing you know, people will be saying that elephants can live on the moon. :)

  75. Steve Vanden-Eykel -  January 30, 2011 - 8:42 pm

    Pretty sure this rumor comes from Robert Sawyer’s book Calculating God. Part of the plot involves Betelgeuse going supernova, threatening the destruction of Earth, until a vastly powerful alien creature intervenes, wrapping its body around the star and containing the explosion. It later is revealed that this being created the universe and manipulates the history of intelligent species, as part of its method of reproduction.

  76. anonymous -  January 30, 2011 - 8:32 pm

    Betelgeuse is also the birth place of Ford Prefect, from the Hitchhikers Guide.

  77. MissEurope -  January 30, 2011 - 7:00 pm


    I know Wikipedia is not the best source but that will do it to prove my point.”Gamma radiation, also known as gamma rays (denoted as γ), is electromagnetic radiation of high frequency (very short wavelength). They are produced by sub-atomic particle interactions such as electron-positron annihilation, neutral pion decay, radioactive decay (including isomeric transition which involves an inhibited gamma decay), FUSION, FISSION or inverse Compton scattering in astrophysical processes.”

    I love when people who know just a little start acting like they know a lot and gain pleasure from denigrating others :)

  78. Titania -  January 30, 2011 - 6:54 pm

    I think the main reason 2012 is such a hot topic is because of the movie~

    And yes, if Betelguese supernova’d in an hour, kids my own age would be laughing at our primitive technology as they play Hoverpong by the Hoverpool in Hoverball harnesses by the time it winked out.

    I love rumors like this. My little sister came home from school one day, freaked out about how Facebook is shutting down in March. xP Good times.

  79. ag -  January 30, 2011 - 6:36 pm

    are they planing a movie remake? that movie is sooooo coooollll!!!!! nyahahaha i love the hair!! and also the movie death becomes her by bruce willis

  80. Dapson94 -  January 30, 2011 - 6:34 pm

    Since they arn’t the creator,onlx the former can know how it works,they trying but the total power is not in their hands

  81. idk -  January 30, 2011 - 6:26 pm


  82. n igga -  January 30, 2011 - 6:14 pm

    lolololol its not true

  83. Jamie -  January 30, 2011 - 6:13 pm

    This article is a bit incomplete and innacurate- seems to be dumbing it down for Americans (not a bad idea, but I don’t think the typical intellectually-challenged of the US are on a dictionary site much). It doesn’t point out that Betelgeuse is around 640 light years away and may already have exploded and we just don’t know it yet because the light hasn’t reached us yet, and if the actual supernova were to occur right now, we wouldn’t know it until the 27th century or so. It doesn’t address the origins of the wild rumors and kernels of truth in them that have been blown out of proportion, such as the “two suns”. The supernova will be so bright that it will outshine the full moon and be visible during the day– not nearly as bright as the sun, though– picture the daytime moon’s brightness. And it says “This isn’t the first time we’ve written about false reports of planets and stars changing the night sky.” The Mars one is nonsense, but this isn’t a false report about the supernova changing the night sky. If and when we observe this supernova its brightness will indeed change the night sky where Betelguese is visible.

    Also, I’m not 100% on this, but I’m pretty sure “fission” (splitting) should be “fusion” (combining). The heaviest naturally occurring elements are produced in supernovas and this is a result of fusion. The writer needs to be called into someone’s office for a chat.

  84. ms.karma -  January 30, 2011 - 6:04 pm

    run for your lives fellow earthlings! :D

  85. Tim Kim -  January 30, 2011 - 5:52 pm

    By the way, the Mayan calender ends on 2012 because they were conquered and no one continued to keep the calander going. The Mayans didn’t predict the end of the world, they just couldn’t keep it going.

  86. G-man -  January 30, 2011 - 5:46 pm

    well the way the japanese are destroying the fish market by the time 2020 comes along they will have plunged the fish market into a downward spiral never recoverable by any means. That is if they continue mass killing every fish in the sea.

  87. Kuro Neko -  January 30, 2011 - 5:44 pm

    Interesting article. The 2012 fuss has gotten annoying. If the world didn’t end in 2000, what makes everyone think there’s a chance 12 years later? I’m slowly losing faith in the human race…

  88. D dog -  January 30, 2011 - 5:19 pm

    Hm, I totally agree with CKT. People just think that today’s info is reliable just because it is on the Internet.

  89. guest -  January 30, 2011 - 4:57 pm

    if you believe this will happen
    plezz send me all your money n property deeds you won’t need them

  90. Jonathan -  January 30, 2011 - 4:48 pm

    From what I understand Betelgeuse is currently estimated to be something like 640 light years away. That means that even if it was to supernova (explode) today, we’d not see it for another 640 years! On that note, it may have already exploded into a supernova, and we don’t yet know about it.

    Assuming it is precisely 640 light years away, it would have to have gone into a supernova state in 1372 for it to have any chance of appearing as a second sun in our sky. Perhaps that did occur. Yet I seriously doubt it.

  91. bugsbunny -  January 30, 2011 - 4:24 pm

    Um, perhaps if you want to “debunk” hoaxes with “facts” you might want to go back to 8th grade science class.

    “Gamma radiation is emitted from nuclear fission, essentially what’s happening inside an exploding star.”

    It’s fusion going on in the exploding start not “fission”. I know they both start with “F” but really. Maybe next time you should just say “f-thingy” to show your intelligence and capability at identifying internet myths and hoaxes.

  92. will -  January 30, 2011 - 4:07 pm

    yeah they’re called false prophets, look it up that’s in the bible lol I love the bible!!

  93. squaylox -  January 30, 2011 - 4:00 pm

    Unfortunately, Betelgeuse WILL Supernova QUITE soon. I know because I caused it to do so. While probing it with my scanners, I inadvertently produced a previously unknown phenomena known as “Obverse Photonic Transduction”, which will unfortunately destroy that star system and the Three sentient life forms resident upon it’s planets. I regret causing their premature demise, although I was not fond of them, they “entertained” my predatory nature, so I found them less Obnoxious than you squabbling humans. So, to amuse myself, I have decided to ignite my Star-Drive in YOUR atmosphere in what will (for you) be a brief but exciting finale to your squalid and paltry existence, whereupon I will colonize your planet with 10,000 of my Brides in what will (for me) be quite the Honeymoon. Whether you believe me or not, it’s no Scales off my tentacles.

  94. D4N137 3. -  January 30, 2011 - 3:57 pm

    honestly…i was expecting this article to NOT be lame…

  95. Josh -  January 30, 2011 - 3:51 pm

    This article needs to be proofread.
    1. ‘supernova’ is not a verb (at least not according to Dictionary.com).
    2. “neutrinos aren’t harmful – they pass through mass…” should read ‘matter’ instead of ‘mass’.

  96. cyberbrook -  January 30, 2011 - 3:43 pm

    I didn’t believe the “scientist” was correct, but I did believe that he was predicting it.

  97. Entertained -  January 30, 2011 - 3:40 pm

    Thank you for your entertaining article. I found it to be fairly accurate, which is acceptable, as you don’t purport to be a scientific publication.

  98. Firejay -  January 30, 2011 - 3:32 pm

    That 2012 doomsday… What a lie! The Mayas obviously miscalculated…

    Unless they could see the danger of pollution! Apart from that, don’t worry folks, the end of the world won’t come while you’re still alive! Anyhow, you still have to watch pollution…

  99. ag -  January 30, 2011 - 3:29 pm

    well what about the so called JUPITER’S MENACE? I heard rumors about that as well?

  100. BETELGEUSE | BLOGCHI@mayopia.com -  January 30, 2011 - 3:19 pm

    [...] BETELGEUSE – Beetlejuice — Beatle Juice — Inside out — A Super Nova, bug, rumor, Sasquatch — The nature of Sergeant Pepper is the Lonely Hearts Club Watch. — So much for social networking. — If a network of emailed rumors causes fear — have another beer — or a dozen or two — or an oddly even twenty. — Such is the life of good and bad aplenty. — Information overload of what is maliciously false or true. — What is an idiot to do? — Eat an Onion every day and keep everybody away. –>>Rupert L.T.Rhyme [...]

  101. Whtrz -  January 30, 2011 - 3:17 pm

    How is this opinionated and subjective?

    There is no Mayan prophecy. The super nova-ing of the star will not effect our planet. Neutrinos pass through matter.

    I’m not sure which bits of this are “opinionated”.

  102. Blake -  January 30, 2011 - 3:15 pm

    Um, Betelgeuse is 640 light years away, so even if it does explode in 2012, the effects won’t reach us until at least 2652.

  103. ag -  January 30, 2011 - 3:12 pm

    I Am Number 3!!!

  104. Tommy Taylor -  January 30, 2011 - 3:11 pm

    While Betelgeuse may or may not go Nova (relatively) soon, I think most of us that follow such things realize that the Internet is, indeed, like a box of chocolates…

  105. AADWRS -  January 30, 2011 - 3:00 pm

    Betelgeuse is over 500 lightyears away. I will permit no talk of it ‘suddenly’ exploding. If the light arrives in 2012, which I very much doubt, they are the result of a supernova hundreds of years in the past. Also, our bodies are hit by trillions of neutrinos every second. Although gamma rays from such a large star’s supernova could wreak havoc on Earth, changing the constituency of our atmosphere, among other things, I refuse to believe that the arrival of light from Betelgeuse’s supernova will coincide with the end of the Mayan calendar.

  106. Lalo -  January 30, 2011 - 2:52 pm

    File this in the round file. File this along with all the other rubbish about the Mayan Calendar ending in 2012 (a bad loud, movie was made last year to this effect).

    In any event, too many people, with too little formal education, have too much time on their hands.

  107. Astronut -  January 30, 2011 - 2:38 pm

    Great article. Informative and beautifully written.

  108. Beans -  January 30, 2011 - 2:35 pm

    Wow!! That’s epic!

  109. Bryan -  January 30, 2011 - 2:26 pm

    ha ha ha everyone laugh and point at the fourth guy.

  110. Bryan -  January 30, 2011 - 2:25 pm

    what do you know your fourth.

  111. Why do you care -  January 30, 2011 - 2:24 pm

    I would like to see what it is like after i die…..
    or even in a black hole…..

  112. FoSsiL -  January 30, 2011 - 2:07 pm

    This seems to be one of your more opinionated, possibly subjective articles.

  113. Jim -  January 30, 2011 - 2:02 pm

    First comment! I win!

  114. Pinki -  January 30, 2011 - 2:01 pm


  115. Bryan -  January 30, 2011 - 1:51 pm

    3RD YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  116. CKT -  January 30, 2011 - 1:44 pm

    There must be a lot of people in the world who have nothing better to do than spread lies and hoaxes on the Internet. What’s worse, there seems to be a never-ending number of rubes who see everything they read on the Internet as the truth, just because it’s on the Internet. After all, if the computer says it, it MUST be true!


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