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Betelgeuse might go off
#11
RE: Betelgeuse might go off
It's dimming 'cause it needs a new Duracell!
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#12
RE: Betelgeuse might go off
(December 28, 2019 at 3:41 pm)zebo-the-fat Wrote: It's dimming 'cause it needs a new Duracell!

Should have stayed with that Energizer battery, I guess.
If you get to thinking you’re a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else’s dog around.
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#13
RE: Betelgeuse might go off
(December 28, 2019 at 5:58 pm)Fireball Wrote:
(December 28, 2019 at 3:41 pm)zebo-the-fat Wrote: It's dimming 'cause it needs a new Duracell!

Should have stayed with that Energizer battery, I guess.

LOL, solar panels!!! Razz
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#15
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Highest kill score ever!!!
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#16
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(December 28, 2019 at 11:42 am)AFTT47 Wrote: The dimming is not an indicator that it's about to go boom. Betelgeuse is a known variable star - though this is the most it has dimmed in a long time.

The star is definitely on the verge of going super nova but that is in stellar time. Even a star as massive as Betelgeuse has a lifetime of about 10 million years. That's very short compared to the 10 billion-year life of the sun or 1 trillion-year+ life of red dwarf stars but it's still ridiculously long in human terms. Even if it's in the last tenth of a percent of its life, that's still a period of 10,000 years!

I'd sure love to see it happen but it's probably wishful thinking.

I read the upper layers of Betelgeuse are suspected to harbor gigantic convection upwellings a significant fraction of an AU in diameter.   when each of these convection diapirs reach the star’s surface, the star sheds several Jupiter mass worth of mass in surrounding space.   The star is surrounded by 7-8 discernible asymmetrical shells of material ejected during such events.  When such an event is about to occur, it is suspected the star will drastically dim and then brighten.
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(December 28, 2019 at 6:18 pm)Gawdzilla Sama Wrote: Highest kill score ever!!!

Are you sure about that?
Dying to live, living to die.
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#18
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When humans of any religion make claims about how important their religion is to them, it isn't a matter of human rights. I do not dispute they claim that. But when I read the scientific reality of how brutal the universe is and how hostile it is to life, I can't help but feel sorry for those who cling to such superstitions. Not because they are bad. But because they have been taught self importance in the wrong context. We as a species are important in the here and now, in as far as we can hope to cooperate and extend our finite ride. But we are not important, friend or foe, in the context 13.8 billion years.

I find it amazing by itself, that with all the quantum events that happened, didn't happen, and could have happened, that could have prevented the evolution of our species, that lead to me. I find it amazing that the atoms in me are a result of the death of prior stars. 

But even if humans didn't have nukes, and we were not causing global warming as a species, the universe like a supernova, gamma ray, comet, or meteor could wipe our species out in a second.
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(December 28, 2019 at 9:40 pm)The Valkyrie Wrote:
(December 28, 2019 at 6:18 pm)Gawdzilla Sama Wrote: Highest kill score ever!!!

Are you sure about that?

That's from the movie.
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#20
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By the way, if you want to be ahead of the light when one blows up, follow SNEWS

https://twitter.com/SNEWSNeutrino/status...91200?s=19
The fool hath said in his heart, There is a God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
Psalm 14, KJV revised edition

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