Thursday, May 18, 2023

read about Betelgeuse brightening

Betelgeuse is brightening.

I heard this at yesterday's St John's meeting.

Did a quick Google Search. Found a item from a gogo good source, Scientific American. 

Check out the article if you're interested.

At the moment, apparently, the star is showing at 50% brighter than normal.

Orion constellation

Is it going to explode? Will we witness a supernova close at hand? 

No. Not now. Not for a while.

Still, it is curious. The lucida of Orion is keeping us on the edge of our seat.

The "current dynamics seem to be connected to its so-called Great Dimming in late 2019 and early 2020, which scientists ascribe to the star’s ejection of a massive blob of gas and dust."

I imaged the region on 29 Jan '20 showing Betelgeuse the same brightness, possibly slightly brighter than, Bellatrix.

I shared the AAVSO light curve on 5 Feb '20.

I'll see if I can find a new curve...

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