Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Binary 'deathstar' has Earth in its sights

A spectacular, rotating binary star system is a ticking time bomb, ready to throw out a searing beam of high-energy gamma rays -- and Earth may be right in the line of fire.

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"When it finally explodes as a supernova, it could emit an intense beam of gamma rays coming our way", said Peter Tuthill, lead researcher of the team that report their findings in the current Astrophysical Journal.


Anonymous said...

AHH....Jeez! On top of my normal anxiety, paranoia, and depression... now this, "This means we are peering down the barrel of a gun". I'm gonna need more xanax pleez!


W.M. Bear said...

One more damn thing to worry about.

But hey, anon, lay off the xanax. That stuff is hazardous to both your mental and your physical well-being, despite medical claims to the contrary....