Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Beetlejuice? or Betelgeuse?
The Rogue Speaks:
Do you remember what Alec Baldwin USED to look like?...back in 1988 when he was young? Well, I do! One of my favorite movies is "Beetlejuice!" Alec Baldwin and Genna Davis played a couple of young deceased ghosts who love their married life in an old house. When the house is sold to Charles Deitz and his wife, Delia, played by Jeffrey Jones and Catherine O'Hara, the dead couple hire a "bio-exorcist" named Beetlejuice, played by Michael Keaton, to remove the horrible two-some and their Goth daughter, Lydia, played by Winona Ryder, from the home that they love. The film was directed by Tim Burton, so you know that it was weird, bizarre, hysterical, etc. But enough about that movie!!
The real Betelgeuse is a star in the constellation Orion. It is the 8th brightest star in the universe!
In the illustration above, you will find it in the upper left side. The constellation, Orion, is a winter constellation and is part of the Winter Triangle. Astronomers think Betelgeuse is a young star, only 10 million years old. It has a very high mass, so it has evolved rapidly. It is quite huge. If it replaced our sun, the surface would stretch out beyond the asteroid belt. All the planets that are no farther away than Mars would be engulfed by it. In the Illustration below, you can see that Betelgeuse has a reddish hue.
O.k., now comes the scary part. Some astronomers believe that Earth could be getting a second sun if Betelgeuse collapses, because it is running out of fuel. If that happens, we would see a second sun! There is also the chance that for at least a few weeks, there would be no night on Earth!! Sounds pretty bad, doesn't it? Well you can relax!
If Betelgeuse does go "super nova" our planet will be showered with particles that would be very beneficial to us earthlings! It actually would provide Earth with elements that are so necessary for our continuity and survival!
Actually, since Betelgeuse is so far away from us, anywhere from 497 and 789 lightyears away, this event could have already occurred. If so, the light just hasn't reached us yet. Stick around, earthlings! It could happen!!