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Betelgeuse has dimmed 60% ahead of potentially imminent supernova

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On 7/1/2020 at 12:41 AM, tiocfaidh said:

We could ask Zaphod Beeblebrox or Ford Prefect they were from a planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse.

I doubt if many people will get this reference.

I do!

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On 7/1/2020 at 12:41 AM, tiocfaidh said:

We could ask Zaphod Beeblebrox or Ford Prefect they were from a planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse.

I doubt if many people will get this reference.

Thumb out down the hi-way; only way to travel.......

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When I read 'imminent' in the headline the figure 100,000 years popped into my head, and when I read the article there it was! 😁

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36 minutes ago, UncleMhee said:

Thumb out down the hi-way; only way to travel.......

No mate. Hot love on the Hot Love Freeway is the only way.

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10 minutes ago, Speedhump said:

When I read 'imminent' in the headline the figure 100,000 years popped into my head, and when I read the article there it was! 😁

Whereas I started to arrange deck chairs on the roof to get a good view, only to read that it will happen millennia after the human race is extinct.

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Apparently this is old news and has now been disproven. Apparently the sun/star has been afflicted with a very very large sunspot. This is the cause of the dimming and not an imminent supernova.

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19 minutes ago, The Deerhunter said:

Apparently this is old news and has now been disproven. Apparently the sun/star has been afflicted with a very very large sunspot. This is the cause of the dimming and not an imminent supernova.

 

Nah, I still think the Vogons are involved, may be some poetry reading was the cause.

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On 6/30/2020 at 11:37 PM, swissie said:

Betelgeuse is big compared to our sun.

Betelgeuse is ginormous in comparison. Our sun has a diameter of 1.4 million kilometers or 869919 miles, whereas Betelgeuse has a diameter of 1.234 billion kilometers or 766772051 miles...

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9 minutes ago, pacovl46 said:

Betelgeuse is ginormous in comparison. Our sun has a diameter of 1.4 million kilometers or 869919 miles, whereas Betelgeuse has a diameter of 1.234 billion kilometers or 766772051 miles...

Betelgeuse was very big. It might not even exist now.

 

When we look at the night sky we are looking at the distant past.

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