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When Two Suns are Better Than One

December 14, 2013
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A still from a video that purportedly shows “two suns” setting in China. One scientist suspects the apparition could be an optical illusion at sunset, rather than an all-out hoax.

Two Suns Spotted in China Defy Explanation

…What’s going on? Life’s Little Mysteries, a sister site to Space.com, asked Jim Kaler, the University of Illinois astronomer who squelched the excitement over the aforementioned exploding Betelgeuse and who has written books on the day and night sky. The double sun image is an effect of optical refraction, Kaler said, but it’s a “pretty darn rare” one, and one not fully explained by science.

“I doubt it’s been computer modeled,” he said. “There must have been some blob of atmosphere somewhere that caused this truly spectacular phenomenon, which in a sense is a mirage.”  [Amazing Sun Photos From Space]

….Previous sightings of horizontally-aligned double images of the sun and moon are recorded in a book called “Light and Color in the Outdoors” (English edition: Springer 1993) by the famous Flemish astronomer Marcel Minnaert, which remains the most complete reference on double suns. “So many other instances have been reported that there is no longer any doubt about … observations of sun and mock sun(s) being at exactly the same altitude,” Minnaert wrote.

…..”The case of a mock sun 3 degrees and 25 arc-seconds to the left of the nearly set sun sounds incredible but has been recorded photographically.” Indeed, Minnaert’s description sounds nearly identical to the scene in question.

Gravitational Lensing

Gravitational Lens Images Generated by Cosmic Strings

Therefore, at the moment, theory has set the observational scenario and constrained the observational
tests which need to be pursued in order to prove or disprove the existence of cosmic strings. The detection of such observables is not easy but the hunt appears rewarding: in fact, according to the superstring theory, cosmic strings are the most preferable topological defects to be formed in the early Universe and provide deep insights into the BRANEWORLD scenario based on superstrings. More work is required.

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OK? You got it, right guys?  You guys are good with the numbers and I handle the visuals and investigative research and reporting.  Branes bring rain, remember that, OK?

Godspeed

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