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Interesting bit of information from the astronomical spectroscopy group.

http://www.astronomerstelegram.org/?read=13337
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Thank you for posting this, if the clouds ever part I will have a look :)
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Fingers crossed!

Thanks for the link.

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Please go off, please go off.... Thanks for posting that :D That would be the event of a lifetime!

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Hmmmmm.....

The long term light curve is here: https://www.aavso.org/sites/default/fil ... lgeuse.jpg

This is not as deep as the dip in the 1940s, 1950s.
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Last night, prior to seeing this thread, I was viewing Betelgeuse through my binoculars, and thought, "gee it's looking kinda dim."
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It's looking very faint here but the bushfire smoke is so thick I can barely see down the street so don't put too much on that observation.
Anyone with a DSLR and a 50mm lens could take pictures straight off a tripod, keep the exposure constant and short enough that you don't blow the well. You could do your own light curve-just for fun.

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If the darn thing explodes, that will be classified as an astronomical event, and we all know how that turns out. We'll be clouded out until May at least...

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I think this is simply a periodic dip, and probably nothing special. When it does go supernova, it will probably happen as the sun passes north of it .
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bladekeeper wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 1:27 am
If the darn thing explodes, that will be classified as an astronomical event, and we all know how that turns out. We'll be clouded out until May at least...

Am I getting cynical?
Not at all. Perfectly clear here. Transparency is a bit poor. This is a pic of the near full moon shot at full moon normal exposure. Moon was high in the sky
bushfire-moon-orig.jpg
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bladekeeper wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 1:27 am
If the darn thing explodes, that will be classified as an astronomical event, and we all know how that turns out. We'll be clouded out until May at least...

Am I getting cynical?
Nah, just a realist. I kinda figure it will be a spectacular show for a day or two, then we'll all be sick of it as it drowns out seeing anything else.
Or, most likely John will be right -
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I think this is simply a periodic dip, and probably nothing special. When it does go supernova, it will probably happen as the sun passes north of it .
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For anyone who was worried:
http://www.astronomy.com/magazine/ask-a ... WtPFWcueNc

Has anyone had a chance to take a look?
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It has always seemed dimmer to me but then again the color of it's light has always been kind of reddish and that does not show as good as bright whitish Blue like Sirius. Still would seriously mess up Orion Constellation if it went away.
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Clear skies last night. Eyeball view, looked to be even dimmer than I recall from 12/9.
Dimmer than Aldebaran and Procyon. Comparable to Pollux.
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I've noticed this recently when looking at Orion naked eye, seems greatly outshined by Rigel.
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From EarthSky.org:
"Betelgeuse is ‘fainting’ but (probably) not about to explode"

https://earthsky.org/space/betelgeuse-f ... -395418329

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Well, if it does blow, it's going to ruin the looks of Orion.

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smp wrote:
Mon Dec 23, 2019 4:08 pm
From EarthSky.org:
"Betelgeuse is ‘fainting’ but (probably) not about to explode"

https://earthsky.org/space/betelgeuse-f ... -395418329

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... and in plain language, the Betelgeuse is just smoking
https://phys.org/news/2011-06-flames-betelgeuse.html

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j.gardavsky wrote:
Mon Dec 23, 2019 8:31 pm
smp wrote:
Mon Dec 23, 2019 4:08 pm
From EarthSky.org:
"Betelgeuse is ‘fainting’ but (probably) not about to explode"

https://earthsky.org/space/betelgeuse-f ... -395418329

smp
... and in plain language, the Betelgeuse is just smoking
https://phys.org/news/2011-06-flames-betelgeuse.html

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Thanks, JG. I was digging for more info today. Working to understand exactly what is happening to Betelguese. I've ordered
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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/14614 ... UTF8&psc=1

I'm currently reading his work on Star Clusters -The Complex Lives of Star Clusters. He covers a lot of variable star processes.

I've only been able to observe Betelguese naked eye so far & it is very noticeable. Had high thin clouds a few nights ago it should have "burned" through to be visible
& was not there as Rigel was. Clear tonight & it looks muted in both brightness & color to me, need to put the binos on it.
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j.gardavsky wrote:
Mon Dec 23, 2019 8:31 pm
smp wrote:
Mon Dec 23, 2019 4:08 pm
From EarthSky.org:
"Betelgeuse is ‘fainting’ but (probably) not about to explode"

https://earthsky.org/space/betelgeuse-f ... -395418329

smp
... and in plain language, the Betelgeuse is just smoking
https://phys.org/news/2011-06-flames-betelgeuse.html

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