Betelgeuse.

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After cloudy nights in Blighty , we've come back to clear Algarve skies. Over to our West, is a very unusually bright star. Is this Betelgeuse, starting to go Supernova .? Being 640 light years away, it may already have happened. We could be in for some exciting sightings over the next 10 days.
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From Wikipedia Astronomers predict that Betelgeuse will become finally a supernova of Type II , although it is possible that its mass is low enough to leave behind a rare white dwarf of oxygen and neon , not a neutron star . There is division of opinion about the time it will take to occur this event: although Betelgeuse is approximately 10 million years old, 1 but due to its large mass has evolved rapidly, some point out that the current variability of the star would indicate that is in the "burning" ( fusion ) phase of carbonof its life cycle and, therefore, will explode at some point in the next 100,000 years 21 . Skeptics disagree with this calculation and believe that the star could survive much longer, around 10 million years22 .
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https://slate.com/technology/2020/02/betelgeuse-orion-supernova-night-sky-changing.html ...... My first thought was, " EY Up, Jupiter's big and bright " ..Quite red, rather than the usual yellowish.. Definitely in the right area of the sky where Orion usually is.. We'll keep our eyes on it.
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If you have an Android 'phone, try Stardroid (used to be Google Sky Map but they open sourced it and has been developed since). https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.stardroid&hl=en_GB Fascinating. I agree, probably Venus, which has been quite close to the Moon recently, very spectacular.
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I don't know... One tries to raise the tone of this website, to promote serious and meaningful discussion.. Complete waste of time and data. Good here, init..🤪
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I can see Orion's belt. But where is Betelgeuse..? Don't say I've missed it ... No doubt there will be another along in 640 years time.
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I can see Orion's belt. But where is Betelgeuse..? Don't say I've missed it ... No doubt there will be another along in 640 years time. Up a bit and to the left. Think Orion's left shoulder, looking at it. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/02/14/science/betelgeuse-images-fading.html Very dim at the moment. Plenty of online planetariums that can show you exactly where, from your location.
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Up a bit and to the left. Think Orion's left shoulder, looking at it. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/02/14/science/betelgeuse-images-fading.html Very dim at the moment. Plenty of online planetariums that can show you exactly where, from your location. Left shoulder. That's why it's known as Orion's beating heart.
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Venus does seem very bright at the moment. Venus is currently about as close to the Earth as it gets, hence at its brightest. About 0.5 AU. At it's furthest it can be about 1.75 AU It'll be over 18 months before this happens again. See https://theskylive.com/venus-info
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