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Celebrity star Betelgeuse is smaller and closer to us than we thought – CNET

If you were hoping to see it go supernova, then you’re going to be bummed by this latest news.

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Betelgeuse. Betelgeuse. Betelgeuse.
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If you’re experiencing the creepy sensation of someone breathing down your neck, it might be Betelgeuse. The infamous star — subject of an exciting will-it-or-won’t-it supernova discussion earlier this year — may be much closer to Earth than we suspected.
Betelgeuse is a red supergiant and it’s monstrous compared with the size of our sun. A study published in The Astrophysical Journal this week unveils some new…

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