Saturday, January 22, 2011

Betelgeuse, one of my favorite stars

Betelgeuse

It’s the most beautiful red giant in the sky. There’s an interesting article on Rediff about the star possibly exploding in a supernova next year. Though this is plausible, the chances are rather slim, I’m sad to say. If at all it explodes, I hope it happens in winter…and during my lifetime. Nights would be amazingly beautiful for at least a few weeks since the BOOM.

When it happens, I know Dad will be standing beside me as we look in awe at the stellar show. After all, he was the one who told me about red giants and supernovae when I was a kid. My fascination continues to this day.

2 comments:

gurdas said...

Now, if only you could travel back in time, some 640 years, and be near the star you'd know what has already happened!

Deepanjan said...

Ya, mighty frustrating!

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