Betelgeuse: What is special about it? Will it finally explode? How to find Betelgeuse in the sky?

One of the brightest stars in the night sky, Betelgeuse, has been acting strange lately. Its sudden and dramatic dimming makes astronomers think the star might go supernova soon. Will Betelgeuse finally explode and what will be the effect of its explosion on Earth? Let’s see.

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What is Betelgeuse

Why is Betelgeuse in the news

Will the bright star Betelgeuse finally explode? Is Earth at risk❓

How to find Betelgeuse in the night sky❓

( Find Betelgeuse in the sky with the free stargazing app Star Walk 2 for iOS and Android. )

Betelgeuse is the second brightest star in the constellation of Orion after Rigel, one of the largest stars visible to the naked eye. It marks the hunter’s shoulder. The constellation of Orion is one of the most recognizable constellations in the sky. Orion is observed in the evening sky above the southern horizon. The best period for observation is from November to January. To find Betelgeuse in the sky above you, use the Stargazing app Star Walk 2. Type ‘Betelgeuse’ in the search menu of the app, tap on the star name, point the device to the sky, and just follow the special pointer. In the app, you will also find Betelgeuse size, distance, and other facts.

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