Betelgeuse’s Dust Cloud (Artist’s Impression)

New observations by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope suggest that the unexpected dimming of the supergiant star Betelgeuse was most likely caused by an immense amount of hot material that was ejected into space, forming a dust cloud that blocked starlight coming from the star’s surface.

This artist's impression was generated using an image of Betelgeuse from late 2019 taken with the SPHERE instrument on the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope. 

Credit:

ESO, ESA/Hubble, M. Kornmesser

About the Image

Id:heic2014a
Type:Artwork
Release date:13 August 2020, 17:00
Related releases:heic2014
Size:1632 x 1630 px

About the Object

Name:Betelgeuse
Type:Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Red Supergiant
Distance:750 light years
Category:Stars

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