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Tuesday, September 26

Betelgeuse faintest for over 60 years?

For night owls and early risers, the winter constellation of Orion is already prominent in the south east. Followers of the brightness variations of Betelgeuse may have noticed that the famous pulsating red supergiant star (left shoulder of Orion), is somewhat dimmer than usual. Results logged with the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) confirm that indeed Betelgeuse is currently around half a magnitude fainter on average than last season and may be the dimmest it has been since at least the 1940s
Read more about this fascinating star on the AAVSO website here.

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