January 3rd Evening BetelgueseI had been out and about driving and stopped for a drink. Orion was high in the sky and the cloud was in other parts of the sky. The brightness contrast between Betelguese and Pollux was much more noticeable than a few days before. The knee-jerk reaction would suggest that Betelguese had faded by at least by 0.1 of a magnitude to 1.3 or even nearer 1.4. Whilst I would not rule this out, it is probable that the sky conditions had changed since I last saw Orion. In any case, there was no doubt that Betelguese was fainter than at any time in the recent past.