Wicked BRIGHT star in NW California night sky, help?

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Wingless2Fly

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Hello~! Newbie here~!

Anyhow, the past few nights, I've been noticing an unusually bright star (in a southern california sky), that begins its after-sunset journey from West to North West and then finally sets around 9 or 10pm. I stargaze quite a bit each evening(the Moon, Orion, and Venus & Mars are personal faves~!), and this particular star has absolutely perplexed me due to its size, insane twinkle and activity. Is this the beginning of a supernova? (atleast is it JUST reaching us after 1000 years and finally dying to our eye? Its SO bright it looks like an incoming plane, but I KNOW its not!

Any ideas or info would happily fulfill my curiosity! (^ - ^)

Tanx Tanx~!
 
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MeteorWayne

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That would be the brightest star in the sky, Sirius. The twinkling is caused by the roiling of the atmosphere, which is particularly intense low in the sky after sunset.

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Wayne
 
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Wingless2Fly

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Sirius? VERY cool. Thanks for the reply (^ - ^), and the warm welcome!
 
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