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Truth and Trolls: Betelgeuse Going Boom? — 7 Comments

  1. I truly hope that Betelgeuse does not blow up within my lifetime. It would destroy the symmetry of Orion. The 3 stars of the belt, with Rigel and Betelgeuse pretty much equidistant on either side. (Although, yes, observing a supernova that close to us would be pretty awesome!) But all in all, I prefer to think of the stars as “eternal” (even though I know they are not).

    • Were Betelgeuse to go boom in the near future, I suspect with today’s technology, it could be put back — at least visually. Perhaps we could put a highly reflective gold/orange coated mirror far enough out into space, in just the right location, to produce a reflection that, when seen from Earth, would appear just like the Betelqeuse we’ve known and loved throughout human history. It could be made steerable so it could be rotated into an “off” position for all but one day (or so) each year, much like Yosemite’s Firefall, awaiting just the right alignment to “turn on.” Perhaps on the anniversary of its going supernova each year (or some other appropriate date), and for just 15 minutes (or however long), as each location on Earth rotated into evening, this stand-in for Betelguese would catch the sunlight, restoring Orion to his old self for a short time, and then fade away, not to be seen for another year, keeping professional astronomers happy so they can study the Betelgeuse supernova remnant in peace.

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