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# How long would it take to get to Betelgeuse?

Updated: 9/20/2023

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No one really knows, because no one has ever been to Betelgeuse. It would take much more time than getting to Pluto.

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### How long would it take to get to betelgeuse in a spaceship?

That depends on the speed of the spaceship. If it were traveling at the speed of light, which is the maximum speed that any object can reach, it would take 640 years to get there.

### How long does it take Rigel and Betelgeuse to orbit each other?

Rigel and Betelgeuse don't orbit each other. They are hundreds of light-years away from each other.

### How long does it take for the light generated by the star Betelgeuse to reach Earth?

The light takes about 640 years to reach Earth, as Betelgeuse (a red supergiant star) is about 640 light years from Earth.

### How long does it take Betelgeuse to revolve around the sun?

Betelgeuse doesn't revolve around the sun. It is a star, even larger than the sun, and much too far away for the sun to have much effect on it.

### How long does it take for betelgeuse to orbit its galaxy?

Since Betelgeuse is a nearby star (compared to the size of the galaxy, that is), you can assume that it takes about the same time as our Solar System to orbit the galaxy - approximately 240 million years.

### Can a rover landed on betelgeuse?

First of all, Betelgeuse is 640 light-years away from Earth. So, even if a rover is sent to this star at the speed of light, it would take 640 years for it to get there. Second of all, once it reaches there, we would have to control the rover with radio signals. The signals would have to be extremely strong, and would take 640 years to get to the star. This is impossible and impractical. Third of all, Betelgeuse is a huge hot star. If a rover gets anywhere closer than a few million miles to that star, it would completely melt/vaporize. Fourth, as supergiant star, Betelgeuse has no solid surface; only tenuous gasses. So, no, a rover cannot be sent/land on the star Betelgeuse.

### How long will the star betelgeuse live?

Betelgeuse has less than a million years left, which is a very short time for a star.

### How long would a round trip to betelgeuse take?

Betelgeuse is about 600 light years from us. A light year is about 5,878,630,000,000 miles. So to travel there and back would be a journey of about 7,054,356,000,000,000 miles. Nothing can go faster than light and we cannot come anywhere close to going as fast as light. At the speed of light a round trip would be 1200 years. Even if we went at 25,000 miles per hour it would take us over 32 million years to get there and back.

### How many suns would fit into betelgeuse?

The radius of Betelgeuse is over 1000 times the radius of the sun, so the volume will be over a billion times. So, you could fit over a billion suns in Betelgeuse.

### When was Betelgeuse discovered?

Betelgeuse has been bright in the night sky for millions of years. It would have been observed from the earliest days and therefore cannot have a discoverer.

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### Who discovered Betelgeuse?

Like most bright stars, humans have been able to see Betelgeuse for as long as humans have been around, so nobody could be said to have discovered it.