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Sunday, August 14, 2022

NASA news release: Analyzing data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and several other observatories, astronomers have concluded that the bright red supergiant star Betelgeuse quite literally blew its top in 2019, losing a substantial part of its visible surface and producing a gigantic Surface Mass Ejection (SME). This is something never before seen in a normal star's behavior. Our Sun routinely blows off parts of its tenuous outer atmosphere, the corona, in an event known as a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). But the Betelgeuse SME blasted off 400 billion times as much mass as a typical CME! The monster star is still slowly recovering from this catastrophic upheaval. "Betelgeuse continues doing some very unusual things right now; the interior is sort of bouncing," said Andrea Dupree of the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian in Cambridge, Massachusetts.



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...Astronomers are still making new discoveries about the red supergiant star Betelgeuse, which experienced a mysterious "dimming" a few years ago. That dimming was eventually attributed to a cold spot and a stellar "burp" that shrouded the star in interstellar dust. Now, new observations from the Hubble Space Telescope and other observatories have revealed more about the event that preceded the dimming.

It seems Betelgeuse suffered a massive surface mass ejection (SME) event in 2019, blasting off 400 times as much mass as our Sun does during coronal mass ejections (CMEs). The sheer scale of the event is unprecedented and suggests that CMEs and SMEs are distinctly different types of events, according to a new paper posted to the physics arXiv last week. (It has been accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal.)...

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-12 07:11 PM | Reply

Say that three times. I dare you.

#2 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-08-12 08:08 PM | Reply


Great movie...

Beetlejuice (1988) Trailer #1

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-12 08:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

"In real time" Well, it's actually what happened about 642 years ago (speed of light, y'know).

#4 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2022-08-14 03:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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