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by Wallace Thornhill

June 28, 2009

We cannot see what is not on our mental 'map.' Almost the entire visible universe is in the form of highly-conductive plasma but electrical discharge in plasma is nowhere on the map.
Betelgeuse
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The red supergiant star Betelgeuse, the bright reddish star in the constellation Orion, has steadily shrunk over the past 15 years, according to researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. Betelgeuse's radius is about five astronomical units, or five times the radius of Earth's orbit. The average speed at which the radius of the star is shrinking over the last 15 years is approximately 470-490 miles per hour. That means the star's radius has shrunk by a distance equal to the orbit of Venus
We do not know why the star is shrinking, considering all that we know about galaxies and the distant universe, there are still lots of things we don't know about stars, including what happens as red giants near the ends of their lives.
- Edward Wishnow, UC Berkeley's Space Sciences Laboratory.
This is the most recent admission of ignorance about stars. But it will make no difference because astrophysicists cannot see what is right in front of them. Most of their 'mental map' is missing. That is evident from the bold assertion about, "all that we know about galaxies and the distant universe," most of which, when examined objectively, is knowledge that just ain't so. Astrophysicists, using their old-fashioned map of how stars work, will not solve the mystery of the shrinking red supergiant star—Betelgeuse.

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