posted on Apr, 25 2008 @ 09:42 AM
If that star had exploded many hundreds, thousands or millions (etc...) of years ago, then yes we could quite easily look out at night and see it with
the nekkid eye...
Depending on how big the explosion was and of course the distance from us...When you see a supernova go off, you really are looking way back into the
past of the universe...
As far as seeing "eye candy" explosions....Thats a tough one...The Chinese viewed the Crab Nebula going off around 1000 yrs ago and that was visible
during the day, and apparently you could read by its light at night...
So I'd guess that one would count as "eye candy" no ?
As far as others go, I'm sure there have been numerous ones that have been quite
spectacular...There have been 8 seen thus far in 2008, but the brightest of these has been around 14 deg magnitude, as far as I know...
Though I have a nagging thought in my head there was one a few months ago that would have been visible to the nekkid eye, except it wasn't discovered
for a day or two after maximum brightness, so it was only visible thru scopes...I don't remember details right about now, and perhaps that's
something you might want to research ?