There is no telling how many things happened, how many things happened, how many things are expected to happen in this vast space. As the number of stars in space is innumerable, so is the number of different possible events. There is no way to know what percentage of mankind has yet acquired knowledge about space. Because the expansion of space is beyond our comprehension.
All knowledge is contained in this space. In the whole of space, our vast earth is comparatively smaller than a billionth of a point. Rather, our solar system is one of the countless solar systems in the universe.
One solar system is made up of more than one planetary satellite. Our Milky Way galaxy is made up of countless solar systems. Like the Milky Way galaxy, Laniakea is made up of countless galaxies, called superclusters of galaxies.
Our Milky Way galaxy is one of the millions of galaxies in this supercluster. Similarly, the ‘cosmic web’ is made up of numerous superclusters like Laniakea. This cosmic web is the sum of billions upon billions of galaxies. Our Universe is made up of countless cosmic webs. Multiverse consists of more than one universe so that there can be planets and satellites with different rules of nature.
How many things are constantly happening in this vast space, a very small part of which may occasionally catch the eye of mankind? And everything else remains unknown. Astronomers are constantly observing space so that they can perceive what is happening within the limits of human vision.
With the help of advanced telescopes, mankind has now been able to gain a great deal of knowledge about space, even though it is much smaller than the universe’s storehouse of knowledge. Even if you don’t have a telescope, you can make your smartphone a space travel vehicle. As a result, you might be able to get some ideas about space.
As a result of constant observation, astronomers have noticed countless wonderful changes in the universe within their vision. One of the things they have been able to realize recently is the sudden decrease in the brightness of the giant star ‘Betelgeuse’.
In this case, different media has raised various questions to the astronomers. Most of the questions have raised concerns about the impact of this event on the world. Before we worry about this, we need to know what the Betelgeuse is and how it affects the Earth’s brightness.
What is Betelgeuse?
The pronunciation of Betelgeuse, which is located about 642 light-years (1 light year = about 6 trillion miles) away from the Earth. It is called the ‘Alpha’ star of the constellation ‘Orion’ or ‘Hunter’, which means it is the brightest star in the Orion constellation.
The Orion constellation is most noticeable in the northern sky from late winter to early spring. The Beetle Juice stands as a symbol of Orion’s left shoulder. Its diameter is approximately 767 million miles or about 1.2 billion kilometers.
This massive red star is 12 times heavier than the Sun. Approximately 9-10 million years old, this monster is slowly moving towards the end of its life.
Decreasing the brightness of the Betelgeuse
One recent piece of news that has caused a stir among astronomy lovers is that the brightness of this Betelgeuse is suddenly declining. In early October 2019, astronomers noticed a sudden decrease in the brightness of the Betel.
The Beatles have been in the headlines for some time now due to such a sudden change.
Many media outlets are claiming that the Betels’ decline in brilliance proves that it is slowly heading for a catastrophic explosion. Besides, the media is raising some questions in this regard. For example, how will this explosion affect the earth?
This sudden loss of brightness in the Betels is not uncommon. The Betelgeuse has long been described as a “variable star”. The star has multiple cycles of fluctuations in brightness. 5.9-year core cycle and some smaller cycles in between.
Here are some more potential ones. Astronomers also speculate that this change in the brightness of the Betelgeuse may have been caused by some kind of gaseous or dusty eruption. Or, this may be due to the brightness of the star’s surface.
What do astronomers say about this event?
The answer to the question of whether the Betels will explode at all is yes. As far as we know today, supermassive stars, whether red or blue, end their lives with a massive explosion. In the case of the Betels, however, this is likely to happen sometime in the next few million years.
For example, astronomers Richard Wasatnik and Edward Guinan at Villanova University claim that the current brightness fluctuations occur due to an unusually extreme cycle of 425 days in the original 5.9-year period. This is unusual, of course, but it does not necessarily indicate an inevitable explosion.
According to astronomers, there is no precedent in the history of space science for a star to explode due to an increase or decrease in brightness. Although such extraordinary events have never been observed, the cause cannot be ruled out. However, there is no computer module to test whether this stage of brightness variation existed before the explosion.
However, it can be said that predicting supernovae is a lot of inaccurate science. But there is still a possibility, no matter how unlikely, that the Beetlejus could explode tomorrow. In other words, the Betels exploded 642 years ago, and it is not too late for that light to reach our eyes.
The impact of this event on the earth
The key question is, if the Betels exploded at all, what on earth would happen? The answer is that the explosion will have no effect on the earth. Because the Earth is at a considerable distance from the Betelgeuse so it will not have any good or bad effect on the Earth.
But yes, the day the Betelgeuse explodes, the people of the world will witness an extraordinary event that is not to be forgotten. The idea of astronomers is that the brightness of the Betels star will soon return to its previous state and return to the top ten again in terms of brightness.
So, mankind has nothing to do in this matter except counting the days. Rather, we should always be ready to witness such extraordinary events. Because no one should miss out on the privilege of witnessing such events.
Astronomers are constantly observing the Beatles, constantly observing them. The Beatles may have just exploded but it will take 642 years to reach our eyes. Or it exploded 642 years ago and tomorrow we will witness this extraordinary event. Our vast universe is made up of innumerable possibilities.