Skip to comments.Did I just see a star go supernova and wink out???
Posted on 03/23/2013 8:36:32 PM PDT by CapnJack
Did anybody else here happen to be looking into the north sky and see a star get really bright and then just wink out???
I was standing on my back deck having a cigar and looking up at the north by northeast sky and was looking at a patch of sky (the night sky is very clear tonight here in NH) and saw a star twinkle for a second or two, then it got really bright, brighter than any other star out tonight. Then it just winked out and was gone.
If you looked up and find the Big Dipper and and draw a line between the last star on the handle and the North Star, then go to the 1/2 point on the line and then go down about 1/3 the distance of the line on a 90 degree angle ... that is where the star was.
Just wondering if anyone else just happend to be looking up at the sky tonight.
It’s those cheap Chinese made bulbs.
You probably saw a meteor that was coming at you so it appeared not to be moving.
Cigar? What kind of cigar?
From what you describe that suggests a meteor coming directly toward you (be thankful it burned up on the way!) Quite common.
Keep watching the skies.
I see this often and my theory is that it is sunlight reflecting off of different satellites.
Lots and lots of junk up there.
Also all meteors don’t streak across the sky. Some can come straight in and make a bright blip in the sky.
I see stars like this every night. They start out as tiny twinkles, then get larger and larger. Then they land at LAX. It’s really weird. Maybe I need to smoke a cigar.
It went out for Earth Hour. Sorry, I mean Idiot Hour. LOL!!!!!
You might be having a stroke.
Look up iridium flash.
Or a tumoh (tumor).
Did you just finish reciting the nine billion names of God?
I did see a UFO once years ago that I still can't explain, don't tell anybody :)
I don’t know how quickly a supernova flash happens, but maybe someone else saw what you saw.
You might search Google News for ‘supernova’ over the next few days. https://www.google.com/news/advanced_news_search
If it was a supernova maybe some telescope somewhere caught it?
“Cigar? What kind of cigar?”
Actually, Capn, a supernova is believed to shine as bright as the moon and be visible in daylight if close enough, and lasts for several days.
I’m guessing sunlight against a satellite.
Airplanes aren’t stationary!
It looked like a street light going pop! Amazing
But they appear so if they are coming straight at you.
I remember having a computer program a decade ago that would tell when you could see these from your current location:
“With only a normal brightness of +6 magnitude (binoculars are useful to spot it), occasionally some of the Iridium satellites provide reflective flares/glints of magnitude (-)8. For comparison, Venus can be as bright as magnitude (-)4.9, thus reflections can be up to 30 times brighter than Venus. The flares/glints can last anywhere from 5 to 20 seconds before the satellite once again becomes almost invisible to the naked eye. Some flares have been observed during the daylight hours which is very unusual for reflective glares from satellites. Knowing where to look to observe these flares during the daylight hours is essential.”
Did you see the same thing as CapnJack? What direction in the night sky?
Try the website heavens-above.com. They have times for satellites and iridium flares going over your area. You do have to register with your co-ordinates for accurate times and placement.
Probably a flying pig due to the Senate actually passing a budget.
If it doesn’t go out I suggest moving fast!
That’s just the new spy drone assigned to you. Don’t worry, its from the government and is there to help (control) you.
I been watching Sirius, it’s been flashing some funky reds & greens. I never seen a star do green before. The other bright stars in the area weren’t doing anything unusual.
I am wondering if its little friend is going to go Nova soon.
Nonsense. You can make an airplane out of stationery.
Nope, I missed it...
Iridium is a now defunct* communications company that was planning on orbiting 77 communications satellites in low earth orbit, (77 is the number of electrons an atom of the element iridium has)
The idea was no part of earth, no matter how remote would be out of sight of an Iridium satellite, and the satellites could interconnect your signal to any other point on earth.
Because they are in LEO, there is none of the time lag associated with geosynchronous communications satellites.
The Iridium satellites have huge flat solar power panels that at predictable times and places will act like a mirror and produce a bright flash in the early evening or pre-dawn sky.
There is a web site that tells you when to look.
* Iridium is apparently alive as a company again.
I’ve seen it myself. You get a brief sun reflection off the solar panels of one of the Iridiam satellites. It happens a few hours after sunset. It was very disturbing to me until I found out what it was.
One by one the stars would all go out...
I don’t know what you saw, but I bet your wife won’t let you smoke cigars inside.
Drudge has a news flash about meteors from your area down to Florida.
If it was coming in directly at you, it would sincerely appear as a Nova.
I can see Romulus from my house
north, I’m not good with constellations
Here in Nebraska there was a meteor that made quite a splash last night per the news today.
And if you are right on axis it’s 50 times brighter than Venus!
Sounds like an irridium flare. Give me your lat-long date and time and I’ll check.
Recently we have been worrying about asteroids, now we have to worry about supernovas....
GAMMA RAY BURSTS!!!!!!
Gore will probably blame global warming....
I saw ut.
I saw an iridium flash in daylight. You can see them just about anytime if you are in that perfect location and time period.
If u actually saw a supernova w a naked eye like that we’d probably be dead.
it’s not a tumah!
I checked http://www.heavens-above.com with a point in New Hampshire and there weren't any Iridium flares on 3/23/2013.
But how about Remus?
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