Betelgeuse observing season

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Jeremy Shears

The current VSS Circular contains an article by Drs Chris Lloyd and Mark Kidger which reports that recent observations of Betelgeuse, after its summer conjunction, reveal that the star started to fade almost immediately after recovering from its historic fade last season.

An Astronomers Telegram a few days ago by Costantino Sigismondi and his team suggests that “a second dust cloud ejected by the star is passing over its photosphere along our line of sight”.

As Betelgeuse is now becoming visible, further observations are encouraged.

Don’t forget that you can also catch up on Mark Kidger’s excellent webinar on Betelgeuse on the BAA YouTube channel.