Even the huge, powerful, imposing, and glorious stars from the Universe will meet their end someday. A supernova is the imminent fate of them, and the Betelgeuse star qualifies for the description. Once among the most luminous stars in the Universe, Betelgeuse began to dim significantly during late 2019. A whole astronomical community started to wonder that the red giant star is about to explode.
Astronomers from the Australian National University are those who are giving new data for when Betelgeuse will explode. They also concluded that the star is much closer to Earth than previously thought.
Dust cloud obscuring the star was causing the dimming
This is what the new research reveals, and it also provides a new date for when the red supergiant will become a supernova. The event is likely to happen within our lifetime, which means a maximum of several decades. Scientists from the University of California are even telling us all that the supernova will be visible with the naked eye even during the daytime, as it will shine as bright as a half-full moon for about twelve months. However, the event will pose no threat to Earth or to any of the life forms that dwell upon it or under the waters.
Betelgeuse is normally known as the tenth-brightest star from the night sky, and it’s the second-brightest object from the constellation of Orion after Rigel. The latter is a blue supergiant star located approximately 860 light-years from Earth.
Betelgeuse is classified as having a spectral type M1-2, and if it were placed at the center of our Solar System, it would be so large that it shall exceed the asteroid belt and even engulf Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, and Jupiter.
The new study was published in the Astrophysical Journal.