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03/03/2020 – Ephemeris – Betelgeuse, apparently, has stopped dimming and may be brightening

3 Mar 2020, 05:01 UTC
03/03/2020 – Ephemeris – Betelgeuse, apparently, has stopped dimming and may be brightening
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Ephemeris for Tuesday, March 3rd. Today the Sun will be up for 11 hours and 18 minutes, setting at 6:33, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:14. The Moon, 1 day past first quarter, will set at 3:41 tomorrow morning.
Betelgeuse the red giant star in the constellation Orion’s shoulder has apparently stopped dimming and may be brightening again. The process of recovery is slow. It may recover its former brightness. We’ll know this later in summer when Betelgeuse and the rest of Orion moves from behind the Sun and enters the morning sky. Betelgeuse is known to be irregular in brightness, but has never been recorded as being this dim, dropping it from being a first magnitude star. Betelgeuse is no longer dimming. There is lots of speculation as to why it’s now brightening. One is the thought that there are several periodic cycles that govern Betelgeuse’s variability. That the troughs of these cycles happen to coincide is one explanation.
The times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.
Addendum
Betelgeuse in Orion (the bright star on the left) at 7:07 p.m. January 6, 2020. Taken with my Samsung Galaxy ...

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