Betelegeuse in constellation Orion

Betelegeuse in constellation Orion

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Credit: JOHN SANFORD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Photograph of Betelegeuse, the second brightest star in the constellation of Orion & the 12th brightest star in the sky. Also known as Alpha Orionis, it is a red supergiant star (spectral type M21) 520 light years away. It is a semi- regular variable star with a period of about 5.8 years. 22 min exposure.

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Keywords: alpha orionis, astronomy, betelgeuse, cosmology, red supergiant, red supergiant star, science, star, stellar

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