Recently, a burst of gravitational waves was identified by LIGO/VIRGO, from Betelgeuse Star. The star has displayed quite the rebellious behavior lately, so, such an occurrence is not strange at all. Also, the massive red star is expected to become a supernova anytime now.
LIGO identified a blast of gravitational waves coming from Betelgeuse Star
As scientists explained, when a star starts dimming, it could be a sign of something going wrong. Could this recent event linked to Betelgeuse’s lately change? Or is it only a part of the star’s evolution?
The type of gravitational waves that LIGO identified has been dubbed burst waves. A supernova could develop them, but Betelgeuse hasn’t reached that status yet, and it won’t happen soon either. Some, however, believe that such a discovery in Betelgeuse’s direction is unlinked to the star itself.
In contrast, others insist just a glitch, and Betelgeuse’s dimming is well-acknowledged and not a warning. Of course, scientists expect the massive star to explode one day, but for our planet won’t come as a negative event.
Betelgeuse will soon reach supernova stage
An exploding star, or a supernova, is a fantastic show, but also a deadly one. It could bring extreme ultraviolet radiation, X-rays, and stellar matter with a powerful force. Betelgeuse is part of the constellation Orion, known to have left the central sequence approximately one million years ago and has been a red supermassive for almost 40,000 years.
The most dangerous radiation is gamma rays, and Betelgeuse likely won’t even develop any of those disasters when it explodes. Also, the distance between Earth and Betelgeuse is almost 700 light-years. One of the most massive results is that the Orion constellation will alter forever. For us, it would be one of the most significant opportunities to study the fragment of a supernova.