FORBES: Betelgeuse’s Mystery Dimming Caused By A Star Spot A Hundred Times Larger Than The Sun, Say Scientists

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Release date: 29/6/2020

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Star spots are common in giant stars, but not on this scale. However, it’s unlikely that Betelgeuse is about to undergo the biggest possible of changes. “The sudden fading of Betelgeuse does not mean it is going supernova,” said Professor Albert Zijlstra from The University of Manchester, one of the authors. “It is a supergiant star growing a super-sized star spot.”

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TitleBetelgeuse’s Mystery Dimming Caused By A Star Spot A Hundred Times Larger Than The Sun, Say Scientists
Media name/outletForbes
CountryUnited States
Date29/06/20
DescriptionStar spots are common in giant stars, but not on this scale. However, it’s unlikely that Betelgeuse is about to undergo the biggest possible of changes. “The sudden fading of Betelgeuse does not mean it is going supernova,” said Professor Albert Zijlstra from The University of Manchester, one of the authors. “It is a supergiant star growing a super-sized star spot.”
URLhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/jamiecartereurope/2020/06/29/betelgeuses-mystery-dimming-caused-by-a-star-spot-a-hundred-times-larger-than-the-sun-say-scientists/#5955abf83fd5
PersonsAlbert Zijlstra