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Red supergiant star Betelgeuse set for collision with strange bar — Will it explode?

January 23, 2013

Red supergiant star Betelgeuse set for collision with strange bar — Will it explode?

Betelgeuse hits dust.

According to a new report released by the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Herschel Space Observatory, the massive supergiant star Betelgeuse is slated for a collision with a wall of dust.

According to astronomers, both the star and its arc-shaped shields could collide with a “strange” dust bar over the course of the next five thousand years. The report notes that the shedding, aging star is located near an odd, linear bar of material that has yet to be¬†identified, and that current projections place it on course to intercept the wall.

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