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Two Suns – Star Aderoid Hoax

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Message claims that the star “Aderoid” will move close to the Earth in June 2010 and will appear as large as the Sun to the naked eye.

Brief Analysis

The claims in the message are utter nonsense. No star, other than our own Sun, will be anywhere near the Earth in June or at any other time. There is no star named “Aderoid”. The message seems to be a mangled and mutated version of the old “mars close to Earth” hoax.

Example

Subject: Two Suns on 21st june 2010.!!

SHARE THIS WITH YOUR FRIENDS, AS NO ONE ALIVE TODAY WILL EVER SEE IT AGAIN.

Two Suns on 21thJune 2010

21st June – the Whole World is waiting for………….

Two Suns Fake Image

Star Aderoid will be the brightest in the sky, starting 10 June. It will look as large as the sun from naked eye. This will culminate on 21st June when the star comes within 34.65M miles of the earth. Be sure to watch the sky on june. 21 at 12:30 pm. It will look like the earth has 2 suns.!!

The next time Aderoid may come this close is in 2287

 

Detailed Analysis

According to this message, which circulates via email and has also been posted to many blogs, forums and social networking websites, a star by the name of “Aderoid” will come within 34.65 million miles of Earth in June 2010 and it will look as large as the Sun to the naked eye. The message claims that, because this star will be so close, it will look like the Earth has two suns.

However, the claims in the message are utter nonsense. A star named “Aderoid” or any other star, not even our own Sun, certainly will NOT be within 34.65 million miles of the Earth in June 2010 or at any other time in the foreseeable future.

The distance of our Sun from the Earth is around 93 million miles. Thus it is simply ridiculous to suggest that another star is about to come much closer to the Earth – only 34 million miles or so – than our Sun. If a star, even one smaller than our sun, was to come that close we certainly would not be gazing with wonder and merriment at the spectacular sky. In fact, we would be resoundingly dead, along with all other life on the planet.
As a case in point, our inner neighbour, Mercury – far too hot and inhospitable to host life as we know it – is around 36 million miles from the sun. Thus, if a second sun was to really come within 34 million miles – closer than Mercury is to our Sun – than our cool, green and blue world would be much more like our hellish and lifeless neighbour.

In reality, aside from the Sun, the closest star system to Earth is Alpha Centauri, at around 25.8 trillion miles.

And, of course, the gravitational consequences of the sudden appearance of a second star in our Solar system would likely be catastrophic, to say the least.

Moreover, there are no credible references to a star with the name “Aderoid”. A search for that name on the Internet Stellar Database website yields no results. Nor does the same search on the SIMBAD Astronomical Database.

In reality, as the following example illustrates, this silly prank email is nothing more than a mangled version of the Mars, Earth – Closest Approach in Recorded History hoax that tends to circulate every year around July and August.

Subject: 2 MOONS ON 27 AUGUST 2007

27th August 2007, a Monday the Whole World is waiting for………….2 moons on 27th August 2007

Planet Mars will be the brightest in the night sky starting August. It will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye. This will culminate on Aug. 27, 2007 when Mars comes within 34.65M miles of earth. Be sure to watch the sky on Aug. 27 12:30 am. It will look like the earth has 2 moons.

The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287.

Share this with your friends as NO ONE ALIVE TODAY will ever see it again.

While the Mars version is highly inaccurate, misleading and hopelessly outdated, it was at least derived from a real event that took place back in 2003.

However, the “Aderoid”, two suns version is pure nonsense through and through. It seems likely that some prankster simply made up the “Aderoid” story just as a joke, using the older Mars hoax as a template.

What is truly amazing is how many people actually believe the ridiculous claims in the message and pass it on to others.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer