Betelgeuse (n): a variable red supergiant star of the first magnitude near the eastern shoulder of Orion.
With the human creative process using astronomy to research and identify characteristics of heavenly bodies, mankind is provided an opportunity to reconcile their own earthly experiences with the vastness of the heavens.
One example of this is the star Betelgeuse. Scientifically, this heavenly body is a member of the “biggest” class of stars. It is a bad ass amongst the heavens and it is identified by its position in the sky. Take this concept down the science fiction road, and look no further than the classic comedy film, “Beetlejuice”.
In this movie, the anticipation of the unknown chaos that will come as result of saying the name Beetlejuice three times, keeps us on the edge of our seats. How many times have we personally said “Beetlejuice” twice, and then held off, to make our point that ramifications will be severe?
The scale and magnitude of the chaos that is ultimately unleashed by Beetlejuice is just as big, bold, fiery and chaotic as the stormy surface of the red supergiant star of the first magnitude, Betelgeuse. Synergism between science and science fiction, if you allow for it.
If you haven’t had a chance to view this comic gem starring Michael Keaton, I highly recommend it.