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Occurred : 6/24/2008 21:15 (Entered as : 06/24/08 21:15)
Reported: 7/25/2008 7:46:36 AM 07:46
Posted: 8/12/2008
Location: Sterling, VA
Shape: Flash
Duration:Instant
EXPLODING FLASH OF LIGHT NW SKY. STERLING, VA

Not sure the qualifies but last night 6-24-08 around 9:10 p.m. while sitting in my back yard, I was observing the clear sky and bright stars. I was facing towards the Potomac River looking slightly north-west at a group of three bright stars that formed an astrological triangle. I am no expert but I think it was a group that includes Polaris. As I was gazing at these stars just to the left a very bright light flashed head on then disappeared. It did not shoot across the sky it came on then went out almost like someone turned on a flashlight in the sky then turned it off. It was 10 times the size of the stars I was looking at. Only thing I can think of perhaps I was witnessing a meteor head on instead of sideways. Is this possible? or did something explode?