The weird idea that Earth could be getting a second sun, at least temporarily, if Betelgeuse, one of the night sky's brightest stars, goes supernova, recalls a dream, many years ago, of climbing a ridge in the desert and seeing a dawn uncannily like this photo...
Others recall similiar dreams (many, like me, who had not seen Star Wars at the time), so are we in the realm of memes, of collective unconscious, of some hazy, shared memory from sometime, somewhere, of which we're all dimly aware but which we suppress in our daily living?
"When I was a child
I caught a fleeting glimpse
Out of the corner of my eye
I turned to look but it was gone
I cannot put my finger on it now
The child is grown,
The dream is gone.
I have become comfortably numb."
Recently came the news that a planet orbiting two suns - the first confirmed alien world of its kind - has been found by Nasa's Kepler telescope. Truth stranger than fiction?
Meanwhile, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, keeps an eye on our own nearest star 24/7.