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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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July 3, 2020 05:36  
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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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