With all the scare and hoaxes going on in the skies recently here is an article regarding the star Polaris and how astronomers are freightened by
it's recent brightening...
Astronomers scared of ever-brightening star
June 1, 2004 - 10:41AM
Twinkle, twinkle ... Polaris
Julius Caesar might have said he was as constant as the northern star, but
it wasn't much of a boast. Over the past two millennia, the star Polaris has
brightened by 250 per cent, astronomers announced today.
And they can't explain why.
"It should not be getting that bright that fast," said Edward Guinan, an
astronomer at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. "It's not behaving as
expected. It's kind of scary."
Scientists knew that Polaris was inconstant but in a different way. About
every four days, the star increases and decreases ever so slightly in
But the new work is the first to examine the star's overall brilliance
during the past 2,000 years. Guinan and his colleagues scoured ancient
literature, reading star catalogues back to the one compiled by Ptolemy in
the second century.
By comparing those studies to modern observations, the astronomers measured
the true brightness of Polaris. The team reported its findings in Denver at
a meeting of the American Astronomical Society.
Luke 21:26 And men's hearts shall fail them for fear, and for looking after
those things which shall come on the world: for the powers of heaven shall
[edit on 7-6-2004 by Cocco]