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Astronomers split over the fate of one of the sky's brightest stars

A debate is raging among the astronomical community about the future of the star Betelgeuse. The gassy giant is twenty times the size of the sun, part of the Orion constellation about 642 light-years away. Some astronomers believe the rapidly dimming star is about to go supernova, an explosion that would be visible to the naked eye even during the daylight hours. Others say it has 100,000 years before it extinguishes. Door Peninsula Astronomical Society President Dave Lenius says he doesn’t know which camp will end up correct.

 


Lenius says that learning about the night sky is a great way to beat cabin fever during the quarantine period. 

 

 

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