October 22, 2007


I'm not a person particularly prone to nocturnal astronomical gazing, but on Saturday evening, at around 8:40 p.m., I happened to be outside adjusting the blinking Halloween "eyes" on a shrubbery near the entrance to my house, when I looked up and saw something completely amazing.

Just below the constellation Cassiopeia, I saw two incredibly bright stars. I mean, they were the brightest stars in the sky, no doubt. At first, I mistook them as stars in Orion's belt, before I saw Cassiopeia just above and realized Orion's nowhere near Cassiopeia. Just as I was processing the realization of what I was witnessing, the two stars just faded away and basically disappeared.

As far as I could tell, the two stars were pretty much stationary, so they likely weren't sattelites, so I briefly entertained the thought I had witnessed an entirely unlikely duo supernova.

Whatever it was, it was unbelievably cool.

Posted by Ryan at October 22, 2007 08:26 AM | TrackBack
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