Re: Has anyone else noticed the major plot flaw in TWOK?
As to visually seeing the explosion of Ceti Alpha VI at fifteen light-years out, why would they? Do starship main viewers reach that far? What exactly does the "visual range" mentioned in all Treks mean? Also, how much of a "flash" did the explosion generate?
All Federation ships are equipped with long-range sensors. Presumably, anything the sensors detect could be used to generate a visual image on the viewscreen. Hell, Spock was able to get an image of the Romulan bridge in "Balance of Terror" by intercepting a communication from the BOP.
"Many things seem clever to an imbecile." --Captain Thelin th'Valrass, USS Enterprise-- "The Chimes at Midnight"