April 17, 2024



Betelgeuse Is Being Weird Again. What Gives?

Science Alert

Since what has come to be known as the Great Dimming that took place in the latter half of 2019 and early 2020, the red giant star Betelgeuse just will not stop with the wackiness.

The dying star’s regular cycles of brightness fluctuation have changed, and now Betelgeuse has grown uncharacteristically bright. At the time of writing, it was sitting at 142 percent of its normal brightness.

It’s been fluctuating back and forth on a small scale but on a steady upward trend for months and hit a recent peak of 156 percent in April.

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