Scientists: Deadly Star Could Kill Humanity Next Year
Star on verge of going hypernova could wipe out Earth life
It’s name is Eta Carinae. It’s a star—or to be absolutely accurate—a binary star. And it’s getting ready to destroy anything within 50,000 light years of it…like Earth.
Although few have ever heard of Eta Carinae, if things go wrong—horribly wrong—it could be the final, gasping words spilling from the gnarled lips of the last dying humans on Earth.
Once and for all, Doomsday really will have arrived.
Although it might sound like some Grade-B Hollywood End-of-the-World thriller, the scenario is very real. All too real. And it’s too close for comfort in more ways than one.
Death blow from space: deadly and merciless [NASA]
The killer star
If ever there was a ticking time bomb in our galaxy, it would be Eta Carinae—at least as far as life on Earth is concerned.
For Eta Carinae is a killer waiting to strike.
But the truly horrifying reality is it may have struck already, and we don’t even know it yet.
When pushed on the issue, all astronomers agree that Eta Carinae could easily destroy all life on Earth, or at the very least, the side facing the death star when its celestial greetings of doom come knocking on our door.
When will that be? It’s anyone’s guess. Some scientists think it could be within our lifetimes, even as early as—dare it be said?—2012.
Astronomers: explosion precursor to going hypernova [CHANDRA]
How dangerous is this unstable star?
The calculations are in, and they’re not looking good.
Grim astronomers grudgingly admit that when the massive Eta Carinae detonates it could well be a hypernova, not a supernova. The terrible truth is, it’s more likely than not to be a hypernova.
What is a hypernova? It’s an explosion that’s also termed a type 1c Supernova that happens to hypergiant stars with a mass 100 to 300 times larger than the sun. When hypergiant stars explode they release incredible energy all at once—an explosion equivalent to 100 or more supernovae exploding simultaneously.
The killer star’s light will be so intense it will be visible across millions of light years reaching to other galaxies. In fact, it might, for a time, outshine all the light generated by all the other stars in our own galaxy.
Eta Carinae: Earth will be collateral damage
Eta Carinae will release off-the-scale gamma ray bursts. According to scientists, if that burst hits Earth the radiation flux at the fringe of our planet’s atmosphere will equal a one kiloton nuclear explosion over every square mile that takes the direct hit.
Nothing can absorb such titanic fury. The total energy slamming Earth would be roughly 200 million kilotons. Next to that an all out thermonuclear war would look like a Fourth of July fireworks show.
Intense gamma ray burst hitting defenseless Earth
Saturation blast can sterilize Earth
A hypernova will create a lethality zone radiating outwards as far as 50,000 light years.
Unfortunately, the Earth is well within that death zone as the killer star lies only 7,500 light years away from us.
“Gamma-ray bursts are the most powerful explosions known in the universe, capable of releasing as much energy as our sun would during its entire 10 billion-year lifetime in anywhere from milliseconds to a minute or more.” [Wikipedia]
Scientists believe such massive bursts are the cause of some mass extinction events during the Earth’s past.
A team led by astrophysicist Brian Thomas at Washburn University theorizes a hypernova might have initiated the Ordovician-Silurian mass erxtinctiopn event that occured about 440 million years ago.
Many researchers now believe that short, hard gamma ray blasts occur on average every 100 million years. If so, Earth has been hit by at least several during its 4.5 billion year existence. [Could Blasts from Cosmic Collisions Destroy Life on Earth?]
Right now, the killer star is radiating energy at a mind-boggling rate: 5 million times more than our sun. Because of its energy—like a gigantic fusion reactor gone wild—Eta Carinae is the brightest star in the Milky Way galaxy.
A supernova – Eta Cairnae’s explosion will be much bigger [JPL]
It also dwarfs our star, which is tiny in comparison, for Eta Carinae is more than 100 times as massive as our sun.
What some experts say
Dave Pooley, at the University of California at Berkeley, says if Eta Carinae were observed to explode “it would be so bright that you would see it during the day, and you could even read a book by its light at night.”
Of course, that assumes you’re still alive.
Leading edge of killing gamma ray burst hits surface of Earth
Mario Livio, of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland warns that Eta Carinae could be “seen to explode at any time.” [BBC News]
Esteemed NASA scientist Stefan Immler at the Goddard Space Flight Center thinks Eta Carinae could very well explode in our lifetime, or even in the next few years.
Well, maybe Earth has a little more time, right? Well, maybe not.
Some astrophysicists at the European Space Agency have suggested it’s quite possible, based on observational analysis, that the killer star has already gone hypernova thousands of years ago and the speeding death rays could inundate Earth in as little as a year.
Explosions like this can be followed by hypernovas in mere years [Hubble]
Meanwhile, at the Russian space agency Roscosmos, more space scientists concur that planet-wide death from the violent star could come unexpectedly swift.
The consensus among scientists—and the apprehension—is growing.
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Utter hogwash which shows a deliberate misrepresentation of astrophysics. When Eta Carinae goes supernova, any gamma ray bursts will be emitted from the north and south poles – Earth would only be affected if it was in direct line of the poles, which it isn’t. Only a tiny amount of gamma ray radiation will come our way. It’s interesting that this article plagarises the Wikipedia article which explains that, but only the hypothetical bit about what would happen if there was a direct hit of a gamma ray burst on the Earth, and ignores the bit which says Earth isn’t in line for a direct hit. This reporter should be ashamed of himself.
” IF things go wrong—horribly wrong—it could be the final, gasping words spilling from the gnarled lips of the last dying humans on Earth”
IF my grandmother had balls she’d be my grandfather!
This is a highly sensationalized article. There is a much more well-founded article on Wikipedia . If you read the article above, please get a better picture from the Wikipedia article.
@ Both Anon posters above… “BRILLIANT!” This site has become so laughable, I’m thankful to laugh when that was the actual intent. Cheers to both!
Doom! Doom is coming, I say! Dooooooooooom!!!!
Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we all die.
Yes, this could possibly kill all life. And Obama could actually do an about-face and confess to all his crimes.
Funny how it is always the deniers comments written first.
And of course always with the usual bs fact-less statements.
That won’t be anything compared to what The Lord of Armies is about to do to this earth on Friday! Prepare for the coming of The Lord! Most people have 2 days left to live! Only those who are SAVED will escape the earth before Gods Judgment begins… The Day of The Lord shall come like a thief in the night in which the Heavens and Earth shall Pass Away… God is the Owner of everything. He gave you life – He can take it away… Call out to Him now and ask Him to SAVE you!
a brick may drop on your head too.
If its going to be that bad then you had better pay off all your debts quick, mygoodness cant leave the banks to suffer at the end. LOL
Fireball Over Norway last night
LOLz what you mean it’s not those giant radioactive hamsters from a planet near Mars. It’s global warming, a new ice age, a comet, the Mayan 2012, The death cultists doomsday, meteors, Yellowstone, Hoover dam giving way, and now its an exploding star.
ROFL at the fear monngering death cultists who don’t have a life, so piss on everyone elses.
@ PhilippinoBob on Wed Oct 19 2011 06:56
The first Anonymous “denier” actually had quite a few facts in it. The person explained how and why this really is not a threat, because we are not in line with where the gamma radiation will actually be headed.
Go watch “Revelations of the pyramids”. They mention a 100 mile strip that circles the Earth that contains MOST of the world’s pyramids!! The circle crosses our equator at an angle. I believe that that strip was once our ACTUAL EQUATOR!! The Earth was hit by some force and its poles moved to our present heading. 10 to 12,000 yrs ago many species of life died off and landscapes changed dramatically.. FACT!! The pyramids were built to mark any equatorial shift IMO. Any takers?
I don’t approve of This Planet, so I don’t see any idea, whatsoever that I can fail to exist as, whatever I please, greetings, ‘H.,’ lawyer: My repeat phone, 00562 5482931, so that I can of course become & believe in & so on.
The pyramids were built to mark any equatorial shift IMO. Yes, that sounds quite reasonable since there are so many unsolved mysteries associated with the ancient Egyptians.
Thus, compared to the universe which surrounds this tiny insignificant planet Only a fool would consider our modern-day technology to that of the ancients…
Now as for this whole doomsday scenario the article addressed with some brilliant cryptography. I’m kinda leaning towards believing it, for we know that something like this has already happened in the past, and could very well happen in the near future too…
Look at it from a universal perspective here. You’re a highly advanced alien astronaut traveling through space passing planet after planet there’s a signpost up ahead, your next stop:
The reality zone
Now, according to some ancient scripture referred to as the Bible, man has only occupied this portion of the universe for a very short time. Yes, compared to the rest of this universe we are considerably nothing less than infants in an adult cosmos…
Like small children living in an adult world we have no idea what awaits us beyond our planet’s own invisible prison bars =(gravitational pull), because we don’t have the capability too go to other worlds, and probably never will.
Now, if there’s a cosmetic danger coming that could extinguish all life on this planet then it will happen regardless of who or what we may think we are? = (gods chosen race) It’s time to face some painful facts, compared to the age of our universe which surrounds us, our time on this planet is quite limited and that goes for the entire human race too.
Thus, as a scientist I do acknowledge one truth to our continued existence… It’s by the creators grace that we survived another second in an hostile environment such as this one…
(Posted by None on 19 October 2011 14:02:33
a brick may drop on your head too.) quote.
This about sums it all up.
love this stuff All the nuts in one place (apart from a few with factal info the can be checked)
To the first anonymous poster, I agree this article is sensationalist and a little overboard. However, I wouldn’t be so glib about the damage that could be caused by this star going hypernova. It is true that the poles are not pointed directly at the Earth but they are not at right angles, either. There seems to be somewhat less than a 45 degree angle of the poles to the position of the Earth and the variable here is whether the gamma burst is perfectly straight or whether there is an angular distribution. If it an angular distribution, what is the energy intensity vs. angle? It may not be 200 million kilotons but what if it is 10% (20 million kilotons) or 5% (10 million kilotons) or even 1% (2 million kilotons)? At 1% it is still the equivalent of 40 of the largest nuclear weapons ever detonated (Tsar bomb) spread over the upper atmosphere of half the planet. Not an insignificant event; especially to the fragile ozone layer.
With all the astronomical equipment and technology we have today, we will be learning a lot about hyper or super novas when this does occur.
So… its about as likely as a super-volcano eruption or comet impact. It may happen tomorrow, or it may happen thousands of years from now. I’m not going to lose much sleep over it.
I am curious after reading an article a couple of weeks ago about the Earth passing through a Photon Beam that will end all humanity if its possible that the Photon Beam will actually pass over the Eta Carinae deflecting the gamma rays to Uranus…. Lol….!! This website is silly…. Another day, another disaster….
That’s it, I’m moving under ground… Anyone have a shovel I could borrow?
Time to put our house in order! Impeach Obama and End the Fed!
Erm yeah…. Even if it did explode next year it would still take 7,500 years for any effect to reach us as nothing travels faster than light.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faster_than_the_speed_of_light_(disambiguation) Check this out! (“,)
Check this too! http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/09/110923-neutrinos-speed-of-light-particles-cern-physics-einstein-science/ (“,)
Call the Doctor, call Superman, call Reed Richards.
I am over it!
My BS detector says “this has been hurriedly pulled out of the bag”
Elenin looks like it was a fizzer and all the other recent big unknown threats from space came and went without too much fuss.
Better keep our eye on the Illuminati, governments and the world banks not on star bursts… it’s all smoke and mirrors.
They are up to something.. keep a keen eye out.
Are you kidding me?!?!?! How far will these Governments go to try to fill every human with fear and anxiety? This is just ridicules! Dose any one else fill the same? Much Peace to all..
Can’t tell if overhyped sensationalism or innocent ignorance of physics… May have to cover this one on my blog if the nutters are starting to spread antiscience about Eta Carinae! Love a good debunking now and then!
“Erm yeah…. Even if it did explode next year it would still take 7,500 years for any effect to reach us as nothing travels faster than light.”
Uh, No! You don’t understand what “light years” means, obviously. 7500 lights years means that we are viewing the image of the star that existed 7500 years ago. When we see the hypernova occur through our telescopes or with our eyes, it will have been an event that happened 7500 years ago. When we see the event, the gamma burst will be occurring at the same time (more or less, we may actually experience the gamma burst BEFORE we see the visible light. Gamma radiation may be able to travel faster than the speed of light).
Bottom line, when we see it, we will feel it.
Wait wasn’t it the end this week?
The extinction level nine comet did I miss it?
Man i miss everything.
I better write this next one down, its next year?
2012 oh is this the Mayan Dec. 12 or 21 one?
So many ends, so little time.
Did GOD come too?
I thought that noise outside was my neighbors car alarm.
It didn’t sound like a trumpet.
Man I miss everything…
ARE WE ALL DEAD???
I do have a sinus headache.
Wait what about the 11 9 11 comet.
Isn’t that one suppose to kill us too?
Is there a death comet score card?
Or oops that one missed score sheet, or check list?
If the death star is coming, don’t look in the sky look toward DC, if you see them scurrying away like cockroaches when the light is turned on. Then you know something is up.
Otherwise read Revelations
To be honest the pea brains dinosaurs had it better. Eat a leaf, make a baby, take a nap, and get wasted by a comet. At least Community College had not been invented yet and every moron with Internet access was not out predicting the end of time. Oh to be the dinosaur.
“a 100 mile strip that circles the Earth that contains MOST of the world’s pyramids!! The circle crosses our equator at an angle. I believe that that strip was once our ACTUAL EQUATOR!”
Think really hard about this for a moment. You’re saying the Earth’s axis changed _after_ the pyramids were built a few thousand years ago. That a collision powerful enough to move the rotational axis happened within recorded history? All the other (many) reasons this claim doesn’t make sense aside, consider just this one.
Factor into your evaluation the fact our seasons, made possible by the Earth’s tilt, had a lot to do with the emergence of life.
First poster is right. No need to panick yet
This is just a bit more coverup – ‘they’ know what follows Elenin – ‘they’ have been watching it for a long time and ‘they’ know what it will bring. Hey apart from all the other stuff going on, why have ‘they’ been lowering large concrete blocks way down into the hole on the whitehouse lawn – or do you want to believe they are upgrading the aircon and electrics – for 17 months to this day – way underground. Yeah right.
I think the limitations of mankind is best summarised by own experiences. As a concert standard pianist, I have conjored some tricks over many years of dedicated study and rehearsal. This allows me to perform the grand rhapsodic paraprases of Liszt, the intensely complex elaborations of the great works of Bach by Busoni, D’albert, Godowsky and others.Yet I can’t play notes that aren’t there or more than my fingers allow or indeed intervals greater than the span than my 2 – two – hands. The worry I have as an intelligent human, nay as an intellectual, is that science is limited to the intellect and comprehension of man. Certain individuals seem to have a high opinion as to what man can comprehend and a low opinion as to human limitation. Personally as a confessed intellectual – who has “walked the walk” as to what is possible vis a vis individual performance of the piano – I see absolute limitation in human comprehension. With that, it is implausible to speak intelligently about these fantasy astro calculations.
Some might say it is the arrogance of science that permits these wild assessments. But the scientists are not the only ones prone to bouts of unconditional arrogance. Lately the Israeli leadership seems to have just about lost the plot with their lust for imposing Armageddon on the world to suit their fanatical nuclear agenda. Though Japan offers a minor set back, if I were to bet on a significant event blessed by the spirits (Vive Maya) for 2012, it would be a very man made thermonuclear war. If I were a pesky doomsday spreader, that’s what I would spread.
Unfortunately I’m not a betting man, so the only “out” I see is a hostile alien takeover of this planet to knock some sense into its current “leadership” (sic). Shame, because as we all know, aliens don’t exist – the scientists told us that. The other option is to turn to God. Ouch, I forgot – He doesn’t exist, as well – at least according to science. All I can say if this fantastic death star turns out so, it will be a vastly more favourable option to an Israeli planned and initiated thermonuclear war. But I haven’t worked out how they can ensure Iran made the 1st strike so they can play “victim” or is Pakistan the “bogie man”? Could anyone enlighten me?
I don’t believe what “scientists” say anymore. Too many of them have compromised their science to the highest bidder and the “peer review” process.
Worrying about space based end of the world scenarios is folly. If its going to happen guess what, you’re dead.
Aren’t People getting killed already, watch/read America Astounding Awakening……
More BS from the same wackos who gave you global warming.
@mutant truth.. The pyramids were built WAYY before the Egyptians we know there. Lets face it, if Egyptians built the pyramids then why cant their descendants build them now? They didnt! 12,000 yrs ago the Earth had some form of major natural disaster..check out the doco its easier lol..
I am amazed at the number of readers and posters whenever there is a doom scenario.
So many good articles get a miss.
Amen!! Jesus is coming!!1
Hallelujah – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hallelujah, Halleluyah, and the Latin form Alleluia are transliterations of …
With the way that this planet is being taken over by undersiralbles, no other beings that inhabit Outer Space would want humans to acheive the ability to travel through Outer Space. So the final demise of planet Earth would be fitting to just burn away within this coming year.
“Elenin looks like it was a fizzer …”
Rather, it was exactly what the astronomers said it was: an insignificant comet. Funny that the conspiracy addicts haven’t explained why we’re all still alive after the “closest” approach Oct. 16. I suppose they will change their tune and explain our lack of catastrophic death as further proof of the accuracy of their claims.
“The pyramids were built WAYY before the Egyptians we know there.”
According to what proof?
“Lets face it, if Egyptians built the pyramids then why cant their descendants build them now?”
“Can’t” != “Won’t”
People don’t build pyramids now because they take decades, are astronomically expensive if you’re not King of Everything, and we no longer believe our leaders are divinity incarnate (as Pharaoh, your orders are unquestioned as the word of a God; as president, not so much).
If you’re claiming we don’t have the engineering wherewithal to construct a pyramid, you’re wrong. It’s a stack of stone blocks with a polished limestone sheathing. OK, a really well-done stack of stone blocks. But still.
Let’s take this a step further. If you build a ring of pyramids around the entire planet to mark the equator, to have the evidence you claim to see today, the planet would have to stay still, and the rotational axis would have to move. Do you see that? The planet can’t get knocked over sideways 23.5 degrees after the pyramids were built, because if that happened, the equator and the pyramids would all move with it. You would have to stop the rotation, and restart it based on a new, separate pole. That’s the only way to “change” the equatorial line.
In any event, there are pyramids in Mexico, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the west Pacific and they clearly do not fall along any kind of 100-mile wide band no matter how you draw the line.
God has promised a different ending. I believe Him. I trust Him. Fear is a waste of energy.
@mutant truth… “The planet can’t get knocked over sideways 23.5 degrees after the pyramids were built, because if that happened, the equator and the pyramids would all move with it.” If you bother to read what you said, you’re AGREEING with me here. They DID move after some major life threatening event some 12,000 yrs ago.
“If you bother to read what you said, you’re AGREEING with me here.”
I rather think not. I’m pointing out how preposterous your statement is. Pretty big difference.
“They DID move after some major life threatening event some 12,000 yrs ago.”
You’re saying the _pyramids_ moved? I think my work here is done.
What I got out of this article and the responses is that BS begets BS. There’s some truth for ya!
Edward Leedskalin made the Coral Castle in Homestead by himself and that will be here hundreds of years from now, long after Miami and the rest of the cookie cutter crap they built in South Florida is gone.
It’s nice to think that 100′s of years from now, new mankind will come across this landscape, now devoid of any signs of our retarded age, and will find the coral castle, intact and as beautiful as it is now.
“Shame, because as we all know, aliens don’t exist – the scientists told us that. The other option is to turn to God. Ouch, I forgot – He doesn’t exist, as well – at least according to science.”
“Science” has done nothing of the sort. Alien life probably exists, just based on the math. There is no proof, however — mathematical or otherwise — that supports the claim alien life is currently present on Earth. Big difference. If you have some contrary proof that would pass rational scrutiny using the scientific method, present it.
Likewise, “science” has nothing to say about the existence of a god. At most, there is simply no proof that an invisible man in the sky invented the universe. If you choose to believe it because it makes sense to you for some reason, that’s your business. Scientists won’t and can’t take up the question; they have more useful things to work on.
@ Anonymous on Wed Oct 19 2011 18:35
Gamma radiation travel faster than the speed of light? Last time I checked, gamma radiation still fell along the electromagnetic spectrum and was governed by the same laws of physics as the rest of the universe. And that’s without even touching on that whole Theory of Relativity thing.
@ Anonymous on Thu Oct 20 2011 00:02
You won’t believe people who have spent their lives, time and money studying something they are very passionate about, but you’ll readily accept what someone says in a slapped together posting or ranting YouTube video? And by not trusting peer review processes are you insinuating that someone who presents their work, methods and everything about their study is inherently wrong?
@ G’Man on Wed Oct 19 2011 16:25
While it’s a pretty neat study, it is yet to be independently verified. The Golden Rule to any extraordinary claim is that it requires extraordinary evidence. Also, the MINOS experiment showed no anomaly such as this. I trust the equipment, facility and staff at Fermilab a whole heck of a lot more than CERN. That last bit can be attributed to personal and professional bias, though.
When it comes down to arguing with these people on this site, it can be summed up into one phrase: “What can you tell someone who knows everything? Nothing.”
Clearly the sentiments of this site are leaning towards those of the Anonymous I addressed previous to you. I’m just bad at taking my own advice.
“When it comes down to arguing with these people on this site, it can be summed up into one phrase: ‘What can you tell someone who knows everything? Nothing.’”
True enough. I’ve only had one bona fide instance where someone finally listened to reason, but (fortunately), I’m not actually out to persuade other posters.
I like reading the ever-more tortured rationalizations from people like Lukes — I learn quite a bit about that mentality in the process — and there’s always the chance people who are reading, but not posting, will be entertained (and possibly better informed).
@ mutant_truth on Fri Oct 21 2011 09:26
I find it highly entertaining, yes. There is a severe breakdown of logical processes in a lot of the posts here and around these types of sites. I don’t think I’ll ever understand it, but it sure is fun to try and root out the inner causes of it.
Surviving Canada, Events that are yet to come:
@mutant truth.. How about you tell me all about man’s history dating back to 10000 BC then? Not much to go on is there? Wonder why?
The speed of light is nothing compared to the min speed of an microwave EMP signal burst, which is 100.000.000.000 times faster…
If the star blows up today its going to take 50,000 light years before the light hits the earth. So they must be thinking that it already blew up 49,999 years ago and next year we will witness it. Either way what they are looking at is just an illusion so do not lose any sleep over it you are just a figment in the Mind of God who is have a crazy dream.
The end of the World is when you drop dead. Think about it!
“How about you tell me all about man’s history dating back to 10000 BC then? Not much to go on is there? Wonder why?”
The prehistorical period is so defined because we lack a written record of those events. For information predating about 3000 BCE, we have to rely on archaeology and like techniques. If you have a specific question about the prehistorical period, set it out there and we can discuss what we’ve learned so far.
Understand that we have to make inferences about the prehistorical period from archaeological evidence. Your tendency, based on your text above, may be to fill holes in our knowledge with aliens. I encourage you to reconsider this approach.
“The speed of light is nothing compared to the min speed of an microwave EMP signal burst, which is 100.000.000.000 times faster.”
What a strange idea. Microwaves are just radio waves (1m>1mm). Perhaps you’d like to share how you manage to accelerate any part of the EM spectrum beyond the speed of light. I’ll send over your Nobel Prize when you submit the proof.
“The end of the World is when you drop dead. Think about it!”
You may want to replace the second “the” with “your.” Just a suggestion.
@ Blacksheep on Fri Oct 21 2011 10:58
That really made me laugh. I hope you’re joking, because that is how I first took your post. Then I second guessed myself and thought it may be that you’ve just seen too many dutchsinse videos.
Thank God terry the censor and the pilot are not commenting on this subject.
It says everything within 50,000 lightyears would be destroyed. Our galaxy is only (I say only lol) 100,000 lightyears across. So they are suggesting that one star (or a binary star) could destroy half the galaxy? Nonsense!!!
This is blown way out of proportion. Will Eta Carenae’s hypernova be a catastrophic explosion? yes. Will it effect earth in any harmful way? no. The most it will do is create a breath taking light show. Eta Carenae is a little over 7500 light years away and it’s estimated that it’s explosion will effect other stars within 100-200 light years of Eta Carenae, so it’s explosion wont even come close to effecting us. Not to mention that there is no saying when its going to happen, it COULD happen next year or it could happen tomorrow; they’ve estimated that it MAY happen in our life time, but there’s no certainty as to whether or not it will happen next year. This article is taking something small and making it seem like a big deal, therefore this website is, in no way, a reliable source. Anyone reading this should find the real facts from a much more credible site.