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July 1, 2020 09:06  

Boffins think they can explain the very noticeable dimming that affected Betelgeuse recently.

I wonder when Betelgeuse will pop its cork. It'll certainly light up our skies when it does!

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July 1, 2020 11:23  
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I wonder when Betelgeuse will pop its cork. It'll certainly light up our skies when it does!

Shame we'll not be around then to see the fireworks. Considering the data reflects the state of the star over 600 years ago, there is an infinitesimal chance that it already has popped it's cork... though I highly doubt it.

 


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July 2, 2020 05:47  

Might be bad news for Ford and Zaphod as wells as Tharg the mighty.


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July 2, 2020 07:48  
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It'll certainly light up our skies when it does!

A significant chunk of 10 solar masses collapsing on itself from the orbit of Jupiter!? You bet! 🙂

By the way there are fantastic - and accessible - MOOCs on these topics here: https://www.edx.org/xseries/astrophysics

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July 2, 2020 09:29  
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Might be bad news for Ford and Zaphod as wells as Tharg the mighty.

<grins> Planet of the Apes (the original novel) is mainly set on a planet orbiting Betelgeuse.

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Might be bad news for Ford and Zaphod as wells as Tharg the mighty.

<grins> Planet of the Apes (the original novel) is mainly set on a planet orbiting Betelgeuse.

Didn't know that but I never read the book the film is based on.


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July 3, 2020 11:17  

Factoid: the same author (Pierre Boulle) also wrote The Bridge over the River Kwai (from his experiences as a POW).

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August 16, 2020 10:08  

Having returned to its former glory, Betelgeuse is mysteriously dimming again. A boffin said:

We know that Betelgeuse is a candidate to become a supernova, but we do not know how a star behaves right before it explodes. Now I don’t believe that Betelgeuse is going to explode soon, but you never know.

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August 21, 2020 19:27  

I've seen it, it's rubbish

Betelgeuse

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August 21, 2020 20:49  
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I've seen...

... attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion!

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August 23, 2020 09:23  
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I've seen...

... attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion!

Very eclectic actor you are quoting my friend, that line and his performance in that picture was solid! 


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August 23, 2020 10:19  

@gaius-konstantine

Just for the record, although Cody's follow up to my post did indeed quote the late, great Rutger Hauer from Blade Runner, my quote was from....someone else. 😉 

Marvin

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August 23, 2020 12:02  

Marvin is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike Rutger!

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August 23, 2020 16:10  

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True, and his one liners could, at times, be devastating. I miss Marvin, the real Marvin that is from the original radio show. ☹️

If, and it's a big "if", we ever get out into space as the human race, it will certainly be more like that depicted in "Hitchhikers" rather that than some other vision of the future. Sure, we may well aim for "Star Trek" but, inevitably, we will end up with "Hitchhikers! 

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August 23, 2020 16:38  
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it will certainly be more like that depicted in "Hitchhikers"

You know, if this is Southend there’s something very odd about it.
You mean the way the sea stays steady as a rock and the buildings keep washing up and down? Yes, I thought that was odd.

Wanna guess where I live?

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August 24, 2020 08:41  
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Just for the record, although Cody's follow up to my post did indeed quote the late, great Rutger Hauer from Blade Runner, my quote was from....someone else.

Oh, I see... still prefer Rutger, who can forget him and a young Matthew Broderick in Ladyhawke?


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