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Betelgeuse may be about to explode
Feb 13th, 2020 at 6:35pm
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No, not that poltergeist, the red giant in Orion.

Apparently it's been behaving very oddly. Its brightness has dropped a lot - the phrase 'fallen off a cliff' was used. This may be the precursor to a supernova. See this archive page for Feb 9:

https://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=09&month=02&year=2020

Betelgeuse is about 700 light years away. If it does explode, we will see the flash, possibly in daylight; but the blown-off gases won't reach us for centuries if at all.

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