What the next supernova can teach us, and why astronomers hope it will come from Betelgeuse

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Chenoa van den Boogaard, Physics & Astronomy editor In October 2019, astronomers noticed that Betelgeuse, the red supergiant star that forms the left shoulder of the constellation Orion, was beginning to dim. While variable stars such as Betelgeuse regularly experience dim and bright phases throughout their lives, this recent dimming phase was unusual because the […]

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Why all the fuss about neutrinos?

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by Emmanuel Fonseca & Steph Taylor Physics & Astronomy subject editors On October 6, 2015, the winners of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics were announced. Canada’s Arthur Macdonald and Japan’s Takaaki Kajita would receive the award for their contributions to understanding tiny particles called neutrinos. Neutrinos (an Italian word for “little neutral one”) are […]

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