Maryrose Delahunty

Maryrose Delahunty is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute mid-career course.

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Starlight, not so bright

Science | Astronomers speculate about a supernova in the Milky Way
by Maryrose Delahunty
Posted 1/23/20, 02:59 pm

Astronomers view a dimming star in the night sky as a harbinger of fireworks to come.

Betelgeuse (pronounced “beetlejuice”) reminds many of the 1989 movie Beetlejuice starring Michael Keaton as a trouble-making ghost. But for astronomers, Betelgeuse enjoys fame as the constellation Orion’s bright red “shoulder” star, located more than 600 light-years away and 12 times more massive than the sun.

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