UPDATE: It Seems Orion’s Shoulder Star Is… Brightening Up, After Four Months Of Dimming. So, No Supernovae?

Well, it was certainly a poetic notion — with celestial nights — for several months, here the whole Earth over, filled with what would look like two full moons. [Prior backgrounder.]

But it seems clear: no luminous copper-hued glow [light’s visitation], for the foreseeable future. It now looks to be around 100,000 years or more off yet, from our tiny, fragile blue orb. Here is the latest, from National Geographic — and a bit:

. . . .With Betelgeuse’s light on the rise, astronomers are now hoping to figure out what caused such a precipitous drop in brightness at the end of 2019—while simultaneously dealing with the disappointment of not witnessing a nearby supernova.

“I would love to say it’s going to go supernova,” says Andrea Dupree of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. “We don’t have much information at all about what happens right before, the night before, the week before, or a month before a supernova. . . .

Now you know. . . grinning, just the same. Tomorrow, next year, or perhaps 100,000 years from tomorrow. In any event. . . it will be fascinating to keep tabs on. So we. . . will.


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