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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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To: CapnJack

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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To: CapnJack

Airplanes aren’t stationary!


21 posted on 03/23/2013 8:59:50 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: CapnJack

It looked like a street light going pop! Amazing


22 posted on 03/23/2013 9:01:14 PM PDT by STD ( Intellectuals, they are a wrecking crew, dismantling civilization)
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To: dalereed

But they appear so if they are coming straight at you.


23 posted on 03/23/2013 9:03:41 PM PDT by originalbuckeye (Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy)
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To: CapnJack; listenhillary

I remember having a computer program a decade ago that would tell when you could see these from your current location:

http://www.satobs.org/iridium.html

“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.”


24 posted on 03/23/2013 9:04:00 PM PDT by Chesterbelloc
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To: STD

Did you see the same thing as CapnJack? What direction in the night sky?


25 posted on 03/23/2013 9:05:33 PM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: jimtorr
Well it wasn't the star Betelgeuse for sure.
It could go supernova anytime and is only 600 light years distant.
Will light us up pretty good (Full moon brightness), but should be survivable according to scientist.
26 posted on 03/23/2013 9:05:41 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: CapnJack

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.


27 posted on 03/23/2013 9:06:05 PM PDT by originalbuckeye (Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy)
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To: CapnJack

Probably a flying pig due to the Senate actually passing a budget.


28 posted on 03/23/2013 9:06:21 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: originalbuckeye

If it doesn’t go out I suggest moving fast!


29 posted on 03/23/2013 9:07:13 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: CapnJack

That’s just the new spy drone assigned to you. Don’t worry, its from the government and is there to help (control) you.


30 posted on 03/23/2013 9:08:22 PM PDT by faithhopecharity (()
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To: CapnJack

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.


31 posted on 03/23/2013 9:08:23 PM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: dalereed

Nonsense. You can make an airplane out of stationery.


32 posted on 03/23/2013 9:08:35 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: CapnJack

Nope, I missed it...


33 posted on 03/23/2013 9:11:15 PM PDT by babygene ( .)
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To: CapnJack
Most likely an Iridium flare.

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.

34 posted on 03/23/2013 9:18:06 PM PDT by null and void (If the government is so worried about civil disturbance, why are they working so hard to disturb us?)
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To: DBrow

I agree.

iridium flash

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.


35 posted on 03/23/2013 9:19:05 PM PDT by RadiationRomeo (Step into my mind and glimpse the madness that is me)
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To: TChad
Did you just finish reciting the nine billion names of God?

One by one the stars would all go out...

36 posted on 03/23/2013 9:19:50 PM PDT by null and void (If the government is so worried about civil disturbance, why are they working so hard to disturb us?)
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To: CapnJack

I don’t know what you saw, but I bet your wife won’t let you smoke cigars inside.


37 posted on 03/23/2013 9:23:36 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: CapnJack

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.


38 posted on 03/23/2013 9:24:29 PM PDT by Hodar (A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.- Burroughs)
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To: CapnJack

I can see Romulus from my house


39 posted on 03/23/2013 9:32:26 PM PDT by digger48
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To: PastorBooks

north, I’m not good with constellations


40 posted on 03/23/2013 9:33:54 PM PDT by STD ( Intellectuals, they are a wrecking crew, dismantling civilization)
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To: timlilje

Here in Nebraska there was a meteor that made quite a splash last night per the news today.


41 posted on 03/23/2013 9:34:06 PM PDT by handmade
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To: RadiationRomeo

And if you are right on axis it’s 50 times brighter than Venus!


42 posted on 03/23/2013 9:35:50 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: CapnJack

Sounds like an irridium flare. Give me your lat-long date and time and I’ll check.


43 posted on 03/23/2013 9:38:16 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (What word begins with "O" and ends in economic collapse?)
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To: CapnJack

Recently we have been worrying about asteroids, now we have to worry about supernovas....

GAMMA RAY BURSTS!!!!!!

Gore will probably blame global warming....


44 posted on 03/23/2013 9:39:54 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: CapnJack

I saw ut.


45 posted on 03/23/2013 9:42:12 PM PDT by CJ Wolf (hic)
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To: RadiationRomeo

I saw an iridium flash in daylight. You can see them just about anytime if you are in that perfect location and time period.


46 posted on 03/23/2013 9:44:24 PM PDT by TaMoDee ( Lassez les bons temps rouler dans les 2013! Geaux, Pack, Geaux!)
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To: CapnJack

If u actually saw a supernova w a naked eye like that we’d probably be dead.


47 posted on 03/23/2013 9:46:00 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (the mature Christian is almost impossible to offend)
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To: Graybeard58

it’s not a tumah!


48 posted on 03/23/2013 9:46:51 PM PDT by Optimist
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To: null and void
Most likely an Iridium flare.

I checked http://www.heavens-above.com with a point in New Hampshire and there weren't any Iridium flares on 3/23/2013.

49 posted on 03/23/2013 9:51:19 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: digger48

But how about Remus?


50 posted on 03/23/2013 9:52:07 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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