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#1    White Crane Feather

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 08:58 PM

This morning I got up and spotted what was probably Venus. It was very bright, probably the brightest i have seen for any planet. so I thought it might have been a supernova. It wasn't, but discovered a rate supernova actually was in progress...,

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http://science.time....xplodes-nearby/

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 11:45 PM

View PostWhite Crane Feather, on 31 January 2014 - 08:58 PM, said:

This morning I got up and spotted what was probably Venus.
That is almost certainty what you saw, as Venus is a bright morning object at the moment. At it's brightest, on a Moonless nigh ahd in a dark area well away from town lights Venus is bright enough to cast shadows. Sadly, as a city dweller, I have never seen this myself.


View PostWhite Crane Feather, on 31 January 2014 - 08:58 PM, said:

This morning I got up and spotted what was probably Venus.
It wasn't, but discovered a rate supernova actually was in progress...,

[shameless plug for the UM Astronomy section mode] I think you should read this section more often. Then you would have discovered that this supernova had occurred nine days ago here: Bright Supernova in M82
Or discover that NASA were studying the supernova with several of their spacecraft six days ago here: NASA Spacecraft Take Aim At Nearby Supernova [/shameless plug for the UM Astronomy section mode]

It's typical that this supernova should occur just when two things happen:

  • I get a new par of binoculars that would make observing my first ever supernova possible
  • The UK experiences it's rainiest January in recorded history.

Oh well, you win some, you lose some.

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#3    White Crane Feather

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Posted 01 February 2014 - 12:14 AM

I'm surprised I didn't get space weather alert. Rrrrrrrrrr.

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Posted 01 February 2014 - 02:25 AM

View PostWhite Crane Feather, on 31 January 2014 - 08:58 PM, said:

This morning I got up and spotted what was probably Venus. It was very bright, probably the brightest i have seen for any planet. so I thought it might have been a supernova. It wasn't, but discovered a rate supernova actually was in progress...,

Cool

http://science.time....xplodes-nearby/

Oh wow. Is there any other photo's of the Supernova in the act?

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