Betelgeuse and the red supergiants

Jacco Th. van Loon

Keele University, UK

Betelgeuse is one of the most magnificent stars in the sky, and one of the
nearest red supergiants. Astronomers gathered in Paris in the Autumn of 2012
to decide what we know about its structure, behaviour, and past and future
evolution, and how to place this in the general context of the class of red
supergiants. Here I reflect on the discussions and propose a synthesis of the
presented evidence. I believe that, in those four days, we have achieved to
solve a few riddles.

Reference: European Astronomical Society Publications Series, editors: Pierre Kervella, Thibaut Le Bertre and Guy Perrin
Status: Conference proceedings


Comments: Summary talk of the Betelgeuse workshop, November 2012, Paris.