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betelgeuse distance

Betelgeuse is 25 percent closer than scientists thought

October 16th, 2020

Scientists studying the star Betelgeuse have determined that it’s actually roughly 25% closer than previous estimates. The star is also slightly smaller than scientists assumed, though it still appears as though it’s reaching the end of its life. The star poses no threat to Earth when it eventually blows up. Objects in space may be …

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Scientists might have figured out why Betelgeuse keeps dimming

August 14th, 2020

Astronomers using observations from the Hubble Space Telescope have come up with a new theory as to why the star Betelgeuse is dimming. The researchers believe they see evidence of a massive cloud of dust and gas that was expelled by the star, blocking some of its light toward Earth. Some scientists theorized that Betelgeuse …

betelgeuse dimming

Nearby star is getting darker, and researchers think they know why

June 30th, 2020

Astronomers have observed the nearby supergiant star Betelgeuse dimming in recent months. Some have theorized that the star is about to go supernova, exploding violently as it dies. A new theory suggests the star’s instability is creating massive dark spots on its surface, making it darker. Betelgeuse is a massive star that is clearly visible …

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Supernova dreams crushed as Betelgeuse starts brightening again

February 26th, 2020

For a couple of months now, the nearby star known as Betelgeuse has been acting rather strange. At first, the star appeared to be getting very dim, hinting at the possibility that the Red Giant may soon collapse and explode into a supernova. Not everyone believed the star was nearing its final act, but its …