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Betelgeuse is bouncing back from bizarre dimming episode

Astronomers have long considered Betelgeuse a candidate for a long-overdue supernova within our galaxy. Yet the red supergiant now appears to be recovering following a mysterious and catastrophic 2019 event.

Sitting on the shoulder of the constellation Orion, Betelgeuse is one of the brightest stars in the sky. In early 2019, however, the massive star underwent a puzzling dimming event that was visible even to backyard observers. Scientists analyzing data from the Hubble Space Telescope and several other observatories now think Betelgeuse literally blew its top in 2019, and that the event is still affecting the star’s behavior.

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