Betelgeuse go boom?

Astrophysicists say that Betelgeuse, the red super-giant that is the second biggest star in the universe, is losing mass—an indication of gravitational collapse. Brad Carter, a senior lecturer of physics at the University of Southern Queensland, explained to news.com.au that the star is essentially running out of the fuel at its core. “This fuel keeps Betelgeuse shining and supported. When this fuel runs out the star will literally collapse in upon itself and it will do so very quickly,” he said. The subsequent explosion will appear tens of millions of times brighter than the sun, meaning 24-hours of light on Earth.

Of course, one should mention that Time has made a minor error.  Betelgeuse is about 640 light years away, so if we see it go boom in 2012, it actually exploded some time before.  It’s a point that sometimes even astronomers forget to make, but it’s one that I think needs to be made– we’re not watching live TV, but the universes collection of old VHS– perhaps even Betamax– tapes.
Oh and of course for the 2012 sorts:
THE MAYANS WERE RIGHT– WE’RE GOING TO DIE!
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