betelgeuse betelgeuse  /ˈbɛ təl ɡʊz/

Definition(s):

  • (n) the second brightest star in Orion

News

  1. Space Station and Orion are this week's bright spots

    The sky is full of assorted thrills this week, and each one can be spied with the naked eye. The HST will follow an arc high in the south and fade considerably at a spot just in front of Jupiter. Betelgeuse is one of the largest and most luminous stars known and is roughly 640 light-years from Earth. Instead of green, glance over to Orion's other shoulder to find Bellatrix, a fine blue beauty ...
    on September 15, 2013     Source: San Antonio Express-News

  2. Enjoy multiple stellar pairings this week

    Saturn glows a creamy yellow, and Spica is a silver speck of light sitting at Saturn's upper right. While you're out admiring the planet-and-star couples, take some time to pick out a few more stellar pairs. Orion has a bonus of stellar goodness with a trio of equally bright belt stars perched between Betelgeuse and Rigel. Find the thin crescent moon rising in the east and then search for dim ...
    on September 14, 2013     Source: San Antonio Express-News

  3. Planets and stars make lovely couples

    Saturn glows a creamy yellow while Spica is a silver speck of light sitting at Saturn's upper right. While you're out admiring the planet-and-star couples, take some time to pick out a few more stellar pairs. Orion has a bonus of stellar goodness with a trio of equally bright belt stars perched between Betelgeuse and Rigel. Viewers in the downtown area of San Antonio will be treated to an ...
    on September 13, 2013     Source: San Antonio Express-News

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Quotes

  • "Maybe there's some kind of instability going on there," said study team member Charles Townes, a Nobel Prize-winning astronomer at the University of California, Berkeley. "This red spot may be connected with the fact that [Betelgeuse is]...
    on Jun 10, 2009 By: Charles Townes Source: National Geographic

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