Is Betelgeuse about to blow up? No pyrotechnic could match the immense force of nature’s largest explosion, the supernova, as much as we love to blow stuff up here on Earth.
Therefore, the recent unusual pulsating of Betelgeuse has sparked speculation that it may be a warning that the star is poised to explode and become a supernova. What would happen to life on Earth if this star exploded in its dying moments? How far are we thought to be safe from a supernova?
Could we survive the explosion’s fatal effects?