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Published 3 years ago with 8 Comments

Simulation of what the surface of the star Betelgeuse might look like to the human eye

Time span: 7.5 years

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  • Urmel (edited 3 years ago)

    Very fascinating.

    I found the text accompanying the youtube submission quite helpful to understand the simulation:

    The intensity movies show the star approximately as it might appear to the human eye (In detail: The emergent bolometric surface intensity is color coded with the standard "red-heat" table, to get a color representation adequate for a red supergiant.). The "boiling" surface of the star shows irregular hot (white or yellow) and "cool" (red or dark-red) areas. They change their intensity and shape on time-scales of months.

    Credit: Dr. Bernd Freytag; Centre de Recherche Astronomique de Lyon - Ecole Normale Supérieure; CRAL-ENS

    Category: Science & Technology; License: Standard YouTube License

    Edit: typo

  • Zeus (edited 3 years ago)

    Simulation of what the surface of the star Betelgeuse might look like to the human eye

    Uh oh.

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    Betelgeuse size
    Betelgeuse will explode someday

    You guys have done it now. :(

    • zdarlight




      Is that how it works?

  • Gozzin

    I gather any planets Betelgeuse might have had are long gone by now.

  • WhereDidIt

    And this thing is a star?...I'm moving to Mars.

  • learnerkid

    So, is this how the star would look to the human eye if I saw it through Earth's atmosphere or if I saw it in space? I would presume that seeing a star through the atmosphere will change the way it looks to the human eye.

    Without context , I would have believed it to be a visualization screen in winamp. Thanks for sharing.

  • cunt

    Kinda looks like one of those prolapse videos you see on Efukt

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