Is the puzzling star Betelgeuse going to explode in our lifetimes, after all?

A new, unpublished study is making waves on the internet claiming that one of the brightest stars in the night sky could die in a spectacular explosion in our lifetime.

The study, now available on serverarXiv preprint online, surmises that Red giant star Her betel treeleft shoulder of the constellation onion also known as Alpha Orionis, may have less than three hundred years of fuel left in its core. When star burns through those last drops, its core will collapse into a black hole and in the process, the outer layers of the star will explode at colossal speeds of up to 25,000 miles (40,000 km) per second. This fiery collapse is what astronomers call supernova explosion, and in the case of Betelgeuse, it would be a spectacular sight to observers on Earth. Because the star is only 650 light year from Earth, those layers of gas and dust will be as bright as a full moon in our sky in a few weeks.

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