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Name Chris H
Experience Level 2/5
Remarks I thought it was a nova, except it was of short duration. Approximately 8 seconds maximum duration. My daughter and I were looking at the big dipper which was visible due to a clear sky and rain showers had removed all environmental pollutants. Approximately 30 degree's to the right of it, a white light grew brighter and brighter. It wasn't a jet, helicopter, or airplane. It looked like a very bright star that kept getting larger. To the point that it was approximately 5 or 6 times the size of the average star or twice the size of the north star. Then it brightened and was immediately gone.
Address Lavonia, GA
Latitude 34° 26' 17.52'' N (34.438201°)
Longitude 83° 5' 52.58'' W (-83.097938°)
Elevation 258.383118m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2017-03-14 06:55 EDT
UT Date & Time 2017-03-14 10:55 UT
Duration ≈7.5s
Moving direction From down to up
Descent Angle -
Facing azimuth 40°
First azimuth 40°
First elevation 25°
Last azimuth 40°
Last elevation 25°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -20
Color White
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation No
Duration -
Length -
Remarks -
Terminal flash
Observation Yes
Remarks It was stationary, getting brighter and brighter. Then it got very bright and winked out. It appeared to be getting larger or brighter. Then it intensely winked out.
Observation No
Remarks -