Astronomers from the Australian National University recently revealed that the star known as “Betelgeuse” is closer to Earth than we previously thought, and that its size is smaller than what researchers had long suspected.
It is worth noting that this star is one of the brightest stars in the sky, but it has appeared to fade since late last year, and scientists at the time suggested that this transformation was an indication of an imminent explosion..
The researchers later found that what appeared to be a fading out was, in fact, nothing but a cloud of dust that covered the star, so monitoring of its “natural pulses” was no longer available as before..
But this explosion will not happen to us, because it is likely at the present time that it will take about 100 years before the explosion takes place.
A researcher at the Australian National University, Dermeth Joyce, confirmed that this big star is still witnessing helium burning in its core, and therefore, the end is still far away by our human time scales..
According to the British “Sky News” website, this study predicts the possible date of this star’s entry into the stage known in the science of “supernova.”“.
What is meant by a “supernova” is the final stage in the evolution of a star’s life, that is, when a massive explosion takes place and it throws the shell towards space..
“Betelgeon” is one of the largest stars that can be seen with the naked eye, and it is the tenth brightest star in the sky during the night time.
This prominent star, as scientists see, is gradually approaching its end, and this is what makes it swell, as a result of the interactions that take place in its core.
Although this star is closer to our planet than we thought, the explosion will not cause any damage to the planet, but that phenomenon will be visible during the day, and it will shine in a shape similar to a half of the moon for about a year, according to estimates by scientists from the University of California.
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