Massive Betelgeuse star in Orion constellation due for supernova?

Massive Betelgeuse star in Orion constellation due for supernova?

The red giant Betelgeuse, one of the brightest stars in the sky, has been gaining the attention of skywatchers because the massive star has been dimming slightly over the last few months. Some scientists hypothesize that a supernova could occur, but it’s unlikely, and even if it did, it would have little to no effect on our planet.

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porcus 4 months

Not really at a stage of going supernova. Yet. And thankfully it is 600+ light years away. The dimming is an interesting phenomenon and an indication that there is still a tremendous amount of science we do not yet understand about stars, supernovas, or their variations.

Seekster 4 months

It would be neat to see a supernova but my understanding is that it could happen any time over the next few centuries or next few millennia. Edit: To clarify we should see it go supernova sometime in the next few hundred to few thousand years even though it actually exploded long before we see it and may in fact already have.

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Ivan Ivanovich Ivanovski
Ivan Ivanovich Ivanovski 4 months

It's a variable star, which means it goes through cycles in which it's brightness changes. This isn't even the dimmest we've seen it. No, it's not going to blow

Hello and Goodbye
Hello and Goodbye 4 months

It's entirely possible that it already went supernova and we just haven't seen it yet. Imagine if that had happened a few hundred years ago. Human Sacrifice, Dogs and Cats living together, Mass Hysteria!

Flitch 4 months

Would be an awsome sight to see, I'm sure I heard on some documentary it would be like a second sun in the sky while going off.

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