This just got posted to my wall, I’ve been unable to verify the authenticity of this, we’ll confirm or deny it in the comments thread. Thanks Mike!

EDIT: Tony reports that this event is “explained as an arc at the Sendai power plant, which suffered some damage from the 7.1 aftershock.”

Belinda also came across this story (

“A huge, powerful star explosion detonated in deep space last week — an ultra-bright conflagaration that has astronomers scratching their heads over exactly how it happened.”

Check out the Sonoma Real Time GRB thingy (use the flash one because Silverlight SUCKS):