demystifying valentine's day
Peace, Family! We are back with another holiday myth buster and this one is about Valentine’s Day -which is also the birthday of our President and CEO, @lemurianemperor! Salute! For years, I myself have believed that Valentine’s Day was just another holiday that we celebrated for no reason. I believed that it was just another pagan holiday until I came into consciousness and realized that all holidays have substantial astrological significance just like Christmas, New Year’s, The 4th of July, etc. These holidays are ancient and mark the changing of the seasons, the planet’s activity and correspondence with our planet, Betelgeuse.
Betelgeuse, also called Alpha Orionis, second brightest star in the constellation Orion, marking the eastern shoulder of the hunter. Its name is derived from the Arabic word bat al-jawzāʾ, which means “the giant's shoulder.” Betelgeuse is one of the most luminous stars in the night sky.ly wide uncertainty for a relatively nearby star. Its absolute magnitude is about −6. Less than 10 million years old, Betelgeuse has evolved rapidly because of its large mass and is expected to end its evolution with a supernova explosion, most likely within 100,000 years. Having been ejected from its birthplace in the Orion OB1 Association – which includes the stars in Orion's Belt – this runaway star has been observed moving through the interstellar medium at a speed of 30 km/s, creating a bow shock over four light-years wide. In 1920, Betelgeuse became the first extrasolar star whose photosphere's angular size was measured. Subsequent studies have reported an angular diameter (i.e., apparent size) ranging from 0.042 to 0.056 arcseconds; that range of determinations is ascribed to non-sphericity, limb darkening, pulsations and varying appearance at different wavelengths. It is also surrounded by a complex, asymmetric envelope, roughly 250 times the size of the star, caused by mass loss from the star itself. The Earth-observed angular diameter of Betelgeuse is exceeded only by those of R Doradus and the Sun. Starting in October 2019, Betelgeuse began to dim noticeably, and by mid-February 2020 its brightness had dropped by a factor of approximately 3, from magnitude 0.5 to 1.7. By 22 February 2020, Betelgeuse stopped dimming and started to brighten again. Infrared observations found no significant change in brightness over the last 50 years, suggesting that the dimming is due to a change in extinction rather than an underlying change in the luminosity of the star. Further studies suggested that occluding "large-grain circumstellar dust" may be the most likely explanation for the dimming of the star.It is called Mrugha (stag) in Indian astronomy, says Nehru Planetarium Director Prof Arvind Pranajpye. The star in the upper left corner of the rectangle, with a distinct red colour, is the Betelgeuse. Its Indian name is Kakshi. This is the 'rose' on Valentine's Day,