RECIPROCAL SYSTEM DATABASE Status Report: An Aperiodic Blog

February 19, 2020

What Will Happen to Betelgeuse?

Filed under: Science — transpower @ 9:24 pm

Here’s a YouTube video featuring some of my opponents in theoretical physics explaining the conventional theory as to what will happen to Betelgeuse sometime within the next 100000 years.  Here.

In contrast, as most of you know, I work with the Reciprocal System of theory.  Here, Betelgeuse (classified on the CM diagram as M2) is most likely a second generation Red Giant star (2C in Reciprocal System notation).  As such, it is slowly contracting toward the Main Sequence–so it will not be exploding as a supernova for several billion years.  Observations appear to show that its size has reduced by 15% and its luminosity by an even greater amount.  Of course, part of this might be due to a dust cloud surrounding the star.  Also, Betelgeuse is a variable star, and so cycles of brightening and dimming are usual.  (In the Reciprocal System, gravitational segregation exists in the star, so that the the further one goes down, the heavier the element (modelled as a shell).  Rather than fusion of H in the center, there is fission of heavy elements.  A young star may start with element 117 or element 92 as the fissioning element, depending on the location.  Then, as the star ages and temperature increases, lower elements in sequence become available for fission.  The increase in energy may cause the star to expand, which then cools the star, and so the star may revert back to the next higher element for fission.  The pulsation may continue until the Red Giant reaches the Main Sequence.)  Once a Red Giant reaches the Main Sequence (which is really at the “turn-in” point, rather than the “turn-off” point as my opponents say), it will begin to move slowly up the Main Sequence until it becomes an O or B star, at which point it may go Supernova Type I.    So, to sum up, according to the Reciprocal System, Betelgeuse is moving down and to the left on the Red Giant Branch of the CM diagram, rather than moving up and then to the left on the Red Giant Branch.  It will not be going supernova anytime soon.
Incidentally, if Betelgeuse is really 2C, there should be a White Dwarf star in the vicinity–although no definitive evidence for one has been found.  As such, it’s difficult to calculate the mass of Betelgeuse.  My guess is that Betelgeuse is less massive than most astronomers think.  Some astronomers even think that Betelgeuse has swallowed its companion star–while that is possible, it would certainly be highly improbable.  I’d like to see observers carefully search for a companion star for Betelgeuse.  Maybe someone reading this is up for the challenge….

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