Scientists Believe A Red Star May Explode Soon

Scientists Believe A Red Star May Explode Soon

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According to the latest reports from the world of science, the universe may soon witness a star explosion. A few scientists have observed an unusual behavior in one of the red stars being watched. The community has strong belief that the young star is about to explode soon. Betelgeuse is the name given for the red star and scientists have two potential reasons as to why the red star has started dimming. One, it could be reaching a stage of explosion, and two, Betelgeuse could be going through a different phase of its lengthy life.

There has been so much research on the red star in the past couple of years. Scientists have been analyzing and tracking the changes in the particular astronomical body. An academic paper titled ˛ The Fainting of the Nearby Supergiant Betelgeuse was also published, and it was authored by Ed Guinan, who is a professor of astronomy at Villanova University. Ed Guinan had told CNN that he has been observing the dimming process in the star. This star was once the brightest in the sky but it now occupies the 23rd position, which is quite an unusual change.

Its proximity with earth is what makes Betelgeuse one of the major interests among scientists and especially Ed Guinan. Also, another possibility of the dimming is that the universe may witness a supernova, which will be a big thing considering that the star is just 700 light years away from the earth. It should be noted that a star has a common dimming cycle and Betelgeuse is actually a variable star, but the overall rate of dimming has been increasing in the past months, which triggered the research interests. Ed Guinan also adds that the star seems to be following its own rules.