Twin suns could soon be setting on Earth

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Tatooine's twin suns - coming to a planet near you just as soon as Betelgeuse explodes

* Betelgeuse losing mass
* Explosion will create "new sun"
* May be set for 2012 appearance

IT'S the ultimate experience for Star Wars fans - staring forlornly off into the distance as twin suns sink into the horizon.

Yet it's not just a figment of George Lucas's imagination - twin suns are real. And here's the big news - they could be coming to Earth.

Yes, any day now we see a second sun light up the sky, if only for a matter of weeks.

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Mock sun appears over Suichuan

On Jan. 16, two suns, one bright and the other dark, appear in the sky over Suichuan County, Ji'an City of southeast China's Jiangxi Province The phenomenon, called a mock sun, is a bright spot sometimes appearing on either side of the sun and often sits on a luminous ring or halo. It usually appears after rain or snow. (Photo by Li Jianping and He Liubin,