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Supergiant star Betelgeuse has been getting dimmer at an unprecedented pace over the past few months, leading some astronomers to wonder if it might be in the process of the collapse that precedes a supernova explosion. But there are other possible explanations, and we should have a better idea of what’s happening to the massive star by the end of the month.

Veteran Villanova University astronomer Edward Guinan has been watching Betelgeuse for decades and reported earlier this month that the star appears to be “the least luminous and coolest yet measured from our 25 years of photometry.”

It’s well known Betelgeuse has no more than about 100,000 years left to burn and could start its death throes just about anytime between now and then. When it does go supernova, it’s expected to result in a dramatic light show that could be visible in daylight and appear brighter than the full moon for a few weeks. The last time humans were treated to such a sight was the 17th century.


You can easily find Betelgeuse in the constellation Orion anytime between November and February. RIght now, in New York City, Betelgeuse is rising in daylight, so you’ll see it as soon as the sky darkens enough. The star is remaining above the horizon until a few hours before dawn. You can check your local times using SkySafari, a free app for Android or iPhone.

Here’s how to track down Betelgeuse: Once you go outside, give your eyes a few minutes to get adjusted to the darkness. Then turn to the southwestern sky in the Northern Hemisphere (the northwestern sky in the Southern Hemisphere) and look for the distinctive star pattern of Orion, centered on the three stars of its belt.

If you imagine Orion as its namesake, “the hunter,” Betelgeuse marks the left-hand shoulder. The star is so bright and red, even in light-polluted areas, that you can’t miss it. Betelgeuse is easily visible to the eye, and you won’t see much more detail using binoculars or a telescope.

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