Just saw a star blow up

Wow – was sitting in the hot tub about 5 minutes ago in the dark, and saw a star explode almost directly overhead. One second the star was there, then it flashed very bright and was gone. No trail, no traces left, and it was definitely not a meteor.

How weird is that!

Time was approximately 11:34 PM PST.

My gal was with me and saw it too – it was bright enough she saw it without her glasses — and that’s saying something.

5 Responses to Just saw a star blow up

  1. Carl November 18, 2009 at 4:42 am #

    That’s funny ’cause i just saw a supernova……………..at 6 am ish, november 18, 2009. In sudbury, ontario, canada. COOL SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Laura Sheman January 24, 2010 at 3:47 pm #

    Wow, that’s incredible! Now I’m wondering if I ever say one of these phenomena. How cool that you knew exactly what you were looking at!!

  3. Jack Waller September 10, 2011 at 2:41 am #

    I think I just saw a go supernova. I was outside looking at Orion and saw an unfamiliar star. It got bright and gradually dimmed to the point that it was not visible anymore. The fact that I had never seen the star before indicates that it might have been quite far away and not normally visible to the naked eye.

  4. Dames April 13, 2012 at 2:32 am #

    When stars explode, don’t they give off a nebula, which still glows but is now dim? I saw a star shining real bright and then all of a sudden I saw sort of a flash and then the star became extremely dim and small.

  5. Kyle July 20, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

    I just happened to be looking north at about 10:45 cst, low enough in the sky where stars are not visible due to the city glow, appeared this what seemed to be a decent sized somewhat red looking star. It then very quickly doubled in size while turning a very bright white. It then faded out until you couldn’t see anything. From what I saw, this lasted maybe 3-4 seconds.

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