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For astronomy fans - Betelgeuse
at 22:51 19 Jan 2020

Well perhaps not 'mass hysteria' but I think you'd get the Nibiru/Planet X nutters rearing their heads and various other species of nonsense spreading through social media. Hopefully extinguished fairly quickly but you know what the modern world is like for buying misinformation over experts/science.
For astronomy fans - Betelgeuse
at 22:41 19 Jan 2020

Interesting thread. I've known for some time about the pending question over when Betelgeuse will go nova (or, I should say, when we will see it) but wasn't actually aware of the recent dimming.

Intriguing video I remember watching some time ago which is a simulation of what the Betelgeuse supernova would look like from Earth:

My dad's an astronomy buff and from what he's told me, we'd be able to see the light of the supernova during the day, while at night it would outshine the moon for weeks or even months. Bit of a mixed blessing for stargazers - a fascinating sight, but it'll obliterate the light from fainter stars and objects!

I can't help imagining how society would react if they saw this happen though. Mass hysteria in ignorance of what was going on.
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