posted on Feb, 11 2019 @ 12:59 PM
I was looking at the sky, few clouds and a skinny moon, as I do often and I happend to catch this big flash. It lasted maybe half a second, or a
second, I'm not quite sure when it started and when I spotted it. But what I do remember is, it was big. Well, big for the regular flashes I observe.
And it happend right next to Dubhe of the big dipper. I looked the name of the star up, but I'm 100% confident it was there. I'm also pretty
confident about the time. It was a few minutes to 19:00, best guess somewhere between minute 57-59. My location is near Heerlen in the south of the
I looked for a good two minutes to see a repeat, possibly on the move. But observed nothing, other then a satellite going east to west about 10-15
degrees below Dubhe. Big dipper was in the north east, with Dubhe being the highest up to the right and the handle pointing down to the left. The
flash was just to the right of Dubhe, like right next to it. Thats why I got such a good sense of the size.
Dubhe is a pretty bright star in my light polluted sky, and while this flash was not very bright, it was big in size, like 20-30 times the diameter
of Dubhe. It was a warm almost fuzzy light. Did not last long, 1 sec max. It looked almost like a square with round of edges, but thats just how it
felt. The light was not bright or sharp or flashy. It was, well, fuzzy. Not blue, more white and a little yellow. I just got the distinct feeling this
light was comming from far away.
Is it even possible to observe things from space like a supernova with the naked eye? Or is this propably something much closer to earth?