On a night without light pollution we could see up to 8,000 stars in the sky. Photons that have come out of these stars have traveled enormous distances - thousands of light years - in the cosmos until sensitive cells in their eyes interpret them. And Betelgeuse is one of the best known, after all it is part of a more famous constellations.


Betelgeuse is a star of the Orion Constellation and is located just over 650 light-years from Earth. This means that its light takes 650 years to reach us, and so we are seeing its past.

It is a supergiant red type star, it is 14 times more massive than the Sun and can light our skies at any time in a beautiful explosion called supernova. Betelgeuse being that type of star, she already starts her life very big and spends her fuel very quickly. While our star, the Sun, is still in the process of becoming a middle-aged star, "Bethel" is already dying.

The star is currently the brightest 10th in the night sky, and when it becomes a supernova, it may shine on a scale similar to a full moon night. But when it will be, we still do not know for sure. It may be tonight, but a thousand years from now.

Distance is important here. If it explodes today, it is only 650 years from now that the event can be seen. However, if the event of the explosion happened 650 years ago, at any moment the bright little pot will brighten up in the sky in a cosmic spectacle.

Some astronomers estimate that the event will occur in 100,000 years, however, there is a constant work that tries to reduce that number. But as long as there is nothing more absolute about the date of the event, do not neglect it every night as you look at thinking that at any moment an epic event may be before your eyes. Explode, Betelgeuse!