Blazar TXS 0529+075 May Have Kicked Off the Betelgeuse Supernova
Above: Orion. Alpha Orion, aka Betelgeuse, may have gone nova within the past 640 years.
The following is found at the astronomerstelegram.org, posted 19 Nov 2011; 12:03 UT
Swift observations of the flaring GeV blazar OG 050 (TXS 0529+075)
Subjects: Optical, Ultra-Violet, X-ray, AGN, Blazar, Quasar
Following the reported flaring activity of the flat spectrum radio quasar OG 050 (TXS 0529+075, z=1.254) in the GeV energy band (ATel#3750) Swift ToO observations were requested and performed on 2011 Nov. 11 and Nov. 15, when the source was still in an active gamma-ray state. Swift XRT data were taken in photon counting mode for a net exposure of about 3ksec for both the observations.
For the Nov. 11 observation the X-ray spectrum can be fit by an absorbed power law with the HI column density fixed to the Galactic value of N_HI = 1.7 x 10^21 cm^-2 (Kalberla et al. 2005, A&A, 440, 775) and a photon index of 1.0+/-0.2. The unabsorbed 0.3-10 keV flux is (4.4+/-1.1) x10^-12 erg cm^-2 s^-1, which is a factor of about 3 higher than that previously detected by XRT on 2008 Aug. 4 in a similar (4ksec) observation.
For the Nov. 15 observation the X-ray spectrum can be fit by an absorbed power law (with HI column density fixed to the same value of Nov.11) and a photon index of 1.3+/-0.2. The unabsorbed 0.3-10 keV flux is (3.8+/-1.2) x10^-12 erg cm^-2 s^-1, which is a factor of about 2.5 higher than that previously detected by XRT on 2008 Aug. 4.
Swift UVOT found OG 050 at dereddened U=15.10 +/-0.04 (statistical only) on Nov. 11, and at dereddened U=16.55 +/-0.04 (statistical only) on Nov. 15, that is about a factor 2.3 mag and about a factor 0.8 mag respectively brighter than the archival observation of 2008 Aug. 4.
Synergetic Fermi-Swift observations of simultaneous high brightness states at GeV, X-ray and UV energy bands on Nov.11 confirm identification of the flaring gamma-ray source with the flat spectrum radio quasar OG 050.
We thank the Swift Team and the Observation Duty Scientists (ODS) for the rapid scheduling of this observation.
The coordinates for this Blazar are-
RA: 05h, 32m, 38.9984s
DEC:+07d, 32m, 43.345s
Note the above image of Orion… just to the Right of Alpha Orion, in the middle of his chest.
At a distance of ~1 kpc (one kiloparsec is 3261.63 light years)
Betelgeuse is 640 light years from our Solar System. A massive red giant star who is shedding layers of gas, in the throes of is final battles with gravity, it is predicted to go nova within 1 million years. Huffington Post reported earlier this year that the rate of gas being expelled shows that it may happen within 2 years.
according to modern astrophysics, the law of Causality states you cannot have effect BEFORE a cause. Here on earth, we should not be able to feel the effects of a nova 640 light years away BEFORE it happens.
BUT…. it already happened. 640 years ago. We see the light of this massive star that was released 640 years ago. This, tied with the idea proven just recently that neutrinos travel FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF LIGHT…
-Climate change here on Earth.
-The massive storms that now encircle Saturn’s northern hemisphere.
-The disappearance of Jupiter’s Equatorial belt.
-The cloud formations that have exploded on Neptune.
-And the deep Solar Minimum our Sun is “exiting”.
All of this and so much more are effects observed, caused by a Supernova that occurred within 640 light years of our Solar System.
Now that we have a name to put with the face, we can begin to prepare. Time is short. Think cold weather, think wind power… be ready to face the end of the inter-glacial period we have had the pleasure of living in for so long.
Keep your head up.