In Southeast Eugene 09/02/2014 -21:12
Looking west at Ursa Major I noticed a triangle of stars maybe 2 degrees below Ursa and a few degrees south. It was partly cloudy but I had clear sky for this event.
After looking at the stars for several seconds I started to return my gaze back to the Dipper. Simultaneously one of the three stars squirted straight north at a high speed, a second later, the star's brightness dimmed to almost nothing as the star almost came to a stop. A flash appeared, looking like a lighthouse beacon as it rotated from west to east. It momentarily brightened the sky around the star. There was an incandescent trail which followed the same path as the star which disappeared just as quickly as it appeared.
The flash dimmed, the star reappeared as originally seen, squirted (pulsed) again along the same transit for a roughly a second or two, dimmed again, almost disappearing while almost stopping again. The brilliant flash reoccured with the same intensity of light around the star. After the light diminished the star regained its former visibility and streaked out of sight to the north. The event had covered half of the western sky in 2-4 seconds.
The squirt, or pulse, was a movement similar to what a squid would do.
I looked back to the area of the original triangle to the left (south) of the Big Dipper to find that the other two stars had disappeared. I didn't see them move, they were just gone!
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