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Did I just see a star go supernova and wink out???
03/23/2013 | vanity

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.


TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: astronomy
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1 posted on 03/23/2013 8:36:32 PM PDT by CapnJack
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To: CapnJack

It’s those cheap Chinese made bulbs.


2 posted on 03/23/2013 8:38:08 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (ok)
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To: CapnJack

You probably saw a meteor that was coming at you so it appeared not to be moving.


3 posted on 03/23/2013 8:39:51 PM PDT by timlilje
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To: CapnJack

Cigar? What kind of cigar?


4 posted on 03/23/2013 8:39:55 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (Normal isn't normal anymore.)
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To: CapnJack

From what you describe that suggests a meteor coming directly toward you (be thankful it burned up on the way!) Quite common.


5 posted on 03/23/2013 8:40:25 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: CapnJack
Could have been one of these.

Keep watching the skies.

6 posted on 03/23/2013 8:40:33 PM PDT by Wiggins
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To: CapnJack

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.


7 posted on 03/23/2013 8:41:20 PM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: CapnJack
Disturbances in the upper atmosphere created a temporary magnification effect?
8 posted on 03/23/2013 8:42:29 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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9 posted on 03/23/2013 8:43:43 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: CapnJack

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.


10 posted on 03/23/2013 8:44:04 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: CapnJack

It went out for Earth Hour. Sorry, I mean Idiot Hour. LOL!!!!!


11 posted on 03/23/2013 8:45:08 PM PDT by Stayingawayfromthedarkside
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To: CapnJack

You might be having a stroke.


12 posted on 03/23/2013 8:45:12 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Paul Ryan 2016)
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To: CapnJack

Look up iridium flash.


13 posted on 03/23/2013 8:47:44 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: Berlin_Freeper
You might be having a stroke.

Or a tumoh (tumor).

14 posted on 03/23/2013 8:48:20 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: CapnJack

Did you just finish reciting the nine billion names of God?


15 posted on 03/23/2013 8:52:42 PM PDT by TChad (Call them Oppressives, not Progressives.)
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To: CapnJack
There are really some bad, bad, bad people on FR, LOL!
Probably a meteor coming straight at you or an airplane in the distance coming at you and turned off his landing lights.
Had a small plane do that to me, thought I was seeing a UFO or something, then he banked and I saw the running lights.

I did see a UFO once years ago that I still can't explain, don't tell anybody :)

16 posted on 03/23/2013 8:55:53 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: CapnJack

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?


17 posted on 03/23/2013 8:56:13 PM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: ThomasThomas

“Cigar? What kind of cigar?”
Classic.
Thanks.


18 posted on 03/23/2013 8:57:16 PM PDT by ImaGraftedBranch (...By reading this, you've collapsed my wave function. Thanks.)
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To: CapnJack

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.


19 posted on 03/23/2013 8:57:37 PM PDT by jimtorr
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To: CapnJack

I’m guessing sunlight against a satellite.


20 posted on 03/23/2013 8:58:46 PM PDT by rdl6989
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