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Observing Strange Star

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Posted by Psycho Dave/">Psycho Dave on November 26, 1998 00:43:19 UTC

Okay

Time: 10:30pm Arizona time Looking southeast in Tucson, AZ.

There's a bright flickering star under the constellation of Orion. If you look at Orion's belt, the 3 stars that make up the belt point ALMOST in a straight line towards it. The star is located about half-way between Orion and the Horizon.

I'm noticing this star flickering more and brighter than others in the area. It's flickering red and blue. I took out my binoculars and saw that it was not simply a slow plane or helicopter in the distance. It's stationary. It must be a star.

Am I observing a possible instability which could potentially mean a Nova, or is it just an atmospheric effect that will go away when the star is further from the horizon? It's only this star that is flashing red and blue in the area.

Any info on this would be appreciated. Please email privately. Thanks

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