My husband was telling us in the car last night about Betelgeuse, the \”right shoulder\” star of Orion. Below is the Wikipedia entry.
Sounds typical, EXCEPT Betelgeuse is 1400 times larger than our sun and then this mind-bender:
If it were placed in the Sun\’s position in our solar system, Betelgeuse would extend past the orbit of Mars, and possibly even that of Jupiter.
Wow, if that doesn\’t put every single thing in perspective, I don\’t know what else can. Being 640+ light years away, as with all stars, we are seeing the past with the light that is visible.
This thinking fits so beautifully into MKE Week 12, knowledge does not apply itself…Center your mental force and hold it there, to the exclusion of all other thoughts.
With the magnitude of what is possible for us in this universe, we must be specific, definite and focused on our goal, otherwise, we will dissipate our energy.
Thinking of Betelgeuse will help me remember our place in this big world!
Betelgeuse is generally the eleventh-brightest star in the night sky and second-brightest in the constellation of Orion. It is a distinctly reddish, semiregular variable star whose apparent magnitude varies between +0.0 and +1.3, the widest range of any first-magnitude star. Wikipedia