2010-06-02 : Astronomical Fireworks
This summer, we might be in for some serious astronomical fireworks: Betelgeuse could be within as little as weeks of a Type II (core collapse) supernova. Well, that is, 540-some years ago, Betelgeuse could have been within as little as weeks of a Type II supernova. We're just finding out about it now, as its light reaches us.
According to the linked, if it goes, it could be two and a half times as bright as the full moon, visible for weeks or months or even a couple of years.
(via a bunch of twitters)
Update: Turns out there's no basis in fact, and while Betelgeuse probably will end in a supernova, there's no good reason to think it'll be this summer (that is, this summer of 540-some years ago) or indeed anytime soon. No fireworks for us.
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