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Betelgeuse might go off
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Betelgeuse might go off
Betelgeuse is dimming which means it might become a supernova at any minute and if it does it will be very bright on our sky (almost like a second sun) and will be seen even during the day which didn't happen since 1604.

But then again it's maybe just a phase and it won't explode in next 100 thousand years.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/26/world/bet...index.html
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Zaphod is understandably upset....
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It MIGHT go supernova.
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It was still there when I checked just now
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(December 27, 2019 at 6:51 pm)Alex K Wrote: It was still there when I checked just now

Try again at noon.
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It's just Galactus fuckin with us. 

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(December 27, 2019 at 8:09 pm)brewer Wrote: It's just Galactus fuckin with us. 

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(December 27, 2019 at 5:19 pm)Fake Messiah Wrote: Betelgeuse is dimming which means it might become a supernova at any minute and if it does it will be very bright on our sky (almost  like a second sun) and will be seen even during the day which didn't happen since 1604.

But then again it's maybe just a phase and it won't explode in next 100 thousand years.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/26/world/bet...index.html

Huh, no.  It will be more like a second Venus.   It will barely be visible during the day, but the brightest object in the night sky other than the moon.

It’s not clear to me whether there is indeed any theoretical basis to believing a red supergiant like Betelgeuse would in fact suddenly dim right before going supernova,  or if this is a case where we are so eager to see a bright nearby supernova before we die that we whip ourselves into a frenzy taking any semi unusual occurances to be the sure sign for end times, for Betelgeuse, at least.
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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.
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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.

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