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Open Dome VIRTUAL - Betelgeuse - A Supernova Coming Soon?

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Stars are everlasting companions in a clear night sky, like Betelgeuse in Orion. But is this one destined to explode right now? Dr Daniel Brown (NTU) will look into what has happened around Betelgeuse over the recent years in his talk Betelgeuse - A Supernova coming soon?

  • From: Thursday 28 September 2023, 8 pm
  • To: Thursday 28 September 2023, 10 pm
  • Location: LT4, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton,
  • Booking deadline: Thursday 28 September 2023, 8.00 pm
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Stars are the everlasting companions in a clear night sky. Shining brightly for ever unchanged, especially such stars as the brightest ones in well known constellations such as Betelgeuse in Orion. But what if they fade? What if this were the precursor of them exploding in a spectacular supernova? Could this happen?

In 2020 Betelgeuse, the 10th brightest star in the sky, became exceedingly dim so that anyone looking at it could notice the decline in brightness easily. This sparked much debate and the discussions included if this star would now explode. Much work has been done over the past years and in his talk Betelgeuse - A Supernova coming soon? Dr Daniel Brown (NTU) will be giving us an overview of what happened. He will also give us some insight into how we can find out more, the current observational data, and what we think might have caused this dimming.

Booking is required for this event while attending in person. While attending, you consent to filming, photography, and sound recording – which may include you as a member of the audience – and its use in publication or advertising distribution, either printed or online, without payment or copyright.

This event is taking place as a hybrid event on NTU campus. This will allow a flexible way of attending. You are currently booking to attend virtually and only the talk component. A link to the material on YouTube will be emailed to everyone who is attending virtually in their confirmation email. We will be happy to answer questions posted as response to the video over the following days. So do keep booking onto this event. If you haven't booked you might need to wait a while before you can see it.

You can also attend the event in person and enter our planetarium but would need to book the Open Dome IN PERSON event to purchase your ticket.

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Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus

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