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Conversation Starters: Betelgeuse! Betelgeuse! Betelgeuse! An Outer Space SUPERNOVA!

Betelgeuse is quite a unique name for one of the brightest stars in the sky. What else might you name it?

Scientists have reported that Betelgeuse has recently been getting dimmer and dimmer. If you had the power to control what happens in all of outer space what would you do with that power? Would you keep dimming the lights on Betelgeuse?

Betelgeuse is showing signs that it might be about to explode in a celestial event called a Supernova that is anticipated to be so bright that it will be visible during the day. If you were to plan a viewing party for this event, who would you invite? What snacks would you serve?