Popular science articles suggest that when Betelgeuse goes supernova, for some days it would appear as bright as the full moon. But I have no intuition about a celestial point source that bright.
- Would staring at it for some time risk eye damage?
- With the sun behind clouds and the supernova unobstructed, could it cast obvious shadows in daytime?
- Would it affect weather forecasts' UV index (risk of sunburn)?
- Might other analogies hint at what optical phenomena it might produce?