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Sunny Phil

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Clocked it at mag 0.7 and then 0.6. It may well be down to viewing conditions, rather than a rapid change. It is within its normal published range of 0.5 to 0.9, although I am convinced that it can reach 0.1 and 1.1. This was before the famous fading of last year. When near minimum, it is easier to estimate, as Pollux (1.1) and Aldebaran (0.9) are red. When near maximum, it is not quite so easy to estimate against Capella and Rigel (0.1-ish) and Procyon (0.4), as they are of different colours. I suspect my eyes are more red-sensitive than average.


Just because Betelguese is the brightest variable star does not mean it is the easiest.

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