# Is there a "natural" characterization of when $X \times \beta \mathbb{N}$ is normal?
As per a recent question of mine, $\omega_1 \times \beta \mathbb{N}$ is not normal. I'm wondering whether there's some sort of "natural" condition that describes when a space has a normal product with $\beta \mathbb{N}$, analagous to Dowker's characterisation that $X$ is countably paracompact iff $X \times [0, 1]$ is normal.
The context here is that I'm looking for something I can weaken to something sensible, as I have a property implied by $X \times \beta \mathbb{N}$ being normal which I am "surprised" isn't an equivalence ($\omega_1$ has this property) and would like to see if I can show its equivalenct to some slightly weaker topological condition.