Betelgeuse Supernova?

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    The other morning my brother watched the star Betelgeuse glowing red in the deep of night. Maybe it was how it shimmered through the atmosphere that particular night but it was a very strange, he even thought it was a UFO for awhile.

    I looked it up and in what may be the precursor to it blowing up in a Supernova, apparently the star has been collapsing for at least 15 years.

    When it does blow...wow, it's so big and so close you'll be able to read by its light at night.
     
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    do we bite the dust, when it blows?

    how many light years is it from us?
     
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    I guess this means that Ford Prefect will hitchhike to Earth sometime soon.
     
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    Its not close enough to effect us directly, it will be like having a full moon in the sky for 6 straight weeks
     
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    sweeeeeet.

    Not for Betelgeuse, but for us... that's pretty cool.
     
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    it will become a black hole..if i understand all this..and the light will be from when? centuries ago?
     
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    Is Betelgeuse about to blow? | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine
     
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    Scientist can't seem to tell how close it is to the nearest hundred light years. It seems to be about 650 LY +- 120. It's a really weird star; it's MASSIVE, it pulsates.

    Also, it seems to have come from a section of the sky that had had no way to form anything as large or even any other stars.

    So whatever happened to it, happened 650 years ago +- 120 years
     
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    You know........the Magi followed a very bright star when Yeshua was born.

    Wonder if Betelgeuse going supernova is going to be the herald of His return?

    Ought to give something for the rapture myth believers to play with............
     

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