Bright Light in the sky???

Discussion in 'Astronomy, Exobiology, & Cosmology' started by *stRgrL*, Nov 7, 2001.

  1. *stRgrL* Kicks ass Valued Senior Member

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    I have been a star gazer for the majority of my life. I have seen this peculiar light 4 different times in my life. The first one looked just like a star floating across the sky. Finally it faded and disapeared. The last 3 I have seen in the past year. They look like a star, then they get really bright, then they dim and float off and disapear. Now I know I am not crazy and I'm not the only one who has seen this. Does anyone out there have a theory or perhaps an explanation. Someone suggested it was a satellite. (?????) I've always been curious. Thanx
     
  2. Mr. G reality.sys Valued Senior Member

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    Hi,

    Please provide more visually descriptive information, as well as date, time, direction, sky altitude info.

    Were this a murder mystery it would never get solved on the information initially provided. ;)
     
  3. *stRgrL* Kicks ass Valued Senior Member

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    Okay, I cant really estimate the altitude, but it look EXACTLY like a star. It moves like an airplane, but then it fades out. Sometimes it gets really bright then fades. Im sorry I cant really describe anymore. But do satellites look like stars?? Thanks for trying to help:)
     
  4. Porfiry Nomad Staff Member

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    In my experience, satellites do generally look like stars. And, I suspect the ISS is probably rather bright as well.

    The dimming of the object is probably a result of the satellite moving into the Earth's shadow.
     
  5. John Devers (AVATAR) Registered Senior Member

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    I think the ISS is the 4th brightest object in the sky at the moment. Soon when extra pieces are added it will rival Venus.

    In the mean time here are some other types of lights in the sky.

    <A HREF="http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/lib/aptree.html" target=new><FONT COLOR=Lime size=+1> APOD

    </FONT></A>

    sunpillar



    <img src="http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/image/0111/sunpillar_kirkpatrick.jpg">



    anticrepuscular rays


    <img src="http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/image/0110/anticrepuscular_britton.jpg">

    aurora


    <img src="http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/image/0111/aurorawinnipeg_majko.jpg">
     
  6. Pollux V Ra Bless America Registered Senior Member

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    I'd need to find myself a new package of depends if I ever saw any of those up close (except for the auroras).
     
  7. wet1 Wanderer Registered Senior Member

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    Satellites will usually follow an east to west path. They move rather quickly takeing only a few minutes to traverse the sky. Mostly, as Porfirey mentioned they are brighter than the stars in magnitude. The majority of the time you can distinglish the satellites from aircraft because the aircraft will have navagation beacons, meaning that some lights will flash.
     
  8. *stRgrL* Kicks ass Valued Senior Member

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    Well thanks guys for taking the time out to share your thoughts. Really appreciate it. Im almost convinced they were satellites.:)
     
  9. Boris2 Registered Senior Member

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    Could also be pranksters using a garbage bag with a heat source under to make a hot air ballon.
     
  10. cygnusco24 Registered Member

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    bright light in the sky

    my best guess would be one of the iridium satellites which are said to "flare" at certain times based on sun angles and such, you can search the web and find tracking data on these birds. hope this helps
     
  11. Fukushi -meta consciousness- Registered Senior Member

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    Can't you tell how high up in the sky approx?

    Maby it's a heli using it's searchlight, I've seen that too, it seems exactely like that what you're saying.

    btwidoknowaboutthelightsintheskybutIdon'twanttoupsetanyoneheresincetheymostlikelywilldeclaremeinsaneonthespot
     
  12. Pete It's not rocket surgery Moderator

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    I'd put good odds on Iridium flares.

    *stRgrL*, here's how to find out for sure:

    • Go to Heavens-Above.com
    • Select your location from their database
    • Click on "next 7 days" under "Iridium Flares"
    • Pick a nice bright one from the list. (More negative magnitudes are brighter. The brightest Iridium flares peak at about -8.) Note the time and position.
    • Go outside at the appropriate time and look in the appropriate direction. See if you see the same as what you saw before.
    • Come back here and tell us about it!

    I hope this helps!

    Pete
     
  13. blobrana Registered Senior Member

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    Hum,
    The moral of the story here is that it is important to get the time and date so that you can work out what was in the sky at the time….

    Anyway, it’s pointless now,
    As he must surly have been abducted by his UFO by now...
     
  14. Pete It's not rocket surgery Moderator

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    Ack!
    I should have looked at the OP date before posting.

    Oh well...
     
  15. Communist Hamster Cricetulus griseus leninus Valued Senior Member

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    OMG major bumpage.

    Well at least I know about anticrepuscular rays now.
     
  16. abyssoft Registered Senior Member

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    I think the object in question, at least from the base description given, can be located by following Orion's arrow. From where I am it become visable around 5 am. It is rather bright and can be seen right up until the sun crests the horizon. it twinkles which if I remember correctly indicates it is a stellar object verses planet or satellite. Identification of this object would be most interesting.
     
  17. blobrana Registered Senior Member

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    This is how to Report what you saw:

    <b>00)</b> Your name?
    <b>01)</b> Your Town/region/Country?
    <b>02)</b> Date and Time?
    <b>03)</b> What compass direction did the object appear from? <i>e.g. south</i>
    <b>04)</b> What compass direction did the object disappear to? <i>e.g. north</i>
    <b>05)</b> How long, in seconds, were you able to see it in the sky?
    <b>06)</b> How many degrees off the horizon was it when it appeared?
    (<i>eg, a closed fist at arm's length is 10 degrees</i>)
    <b>07)</b> How many degrees off the horizon was it when it disappeared?
    <b>08)</b> How bright was it? (<i>star, Venus, Moon</i>)
    <b>09)</b> Did you see any colour(s)?
    <b>10)</b> Did it split apart? What did that look like?
    <b>11)</b> Did it leave a trail in the sky after it was gone? How long did that last?
    <b>12)</b> How fast did it move?
    <b>13)</b> Did you hear a sound? Was there a time delay from sighting to sound?
    <b>14)</b> What is the closest Town/city when you saw the object?
    <b>15)</b> Additional remarks, drawings, photos?



    <i>Have i forgot anything?</i>
    <i>Have i lost an hour?</i>
     
  18. abyssoft Registered Senior Member

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    George Weilenmann
    Garland Texas USA
    Can be seen from 0515-0640 CDT Ongoing noticed object initially on approx. 8/29/05
    Rises Slightly to the south of Sun.
    Object Dissappears as the the sun crests.
    Object does not fade until sunrise
    It is brighter then Mars and at least as bright as venus(Juptiter and Venus are Elimintated as candidates as they appear near the terminating horizon as sunset mars is at the zenith when object rises)

    Color is variable mostly blue and white with occassional twinkles towards red and infrequent greens.

    object remains in tact.

    no trail/tail is present. Appears not to have planetary motion Remains in constant relational position to the constellation Orion.
    Dallas is the largest Major Metro area.

    object is 13 deg from Orions arrow and 21 degrees from his head.
     
  19. TruthSeeker The Truth is Out There Valued Senior Member

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    You just experienced an UFO :eek:
    (not necessarily aliens)
    How fast it moved?

    Oh wait. Is *stRgrL* still around? :bugeye:

    Yaba Daba :m:
     
  20. *stRgrL* Kicks ass Valued Senior Member

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    LOL... I am still around... sorta. Anyhoo... since I have first posted this, I believe around 2 or 3 years ago, I have seen dozens more. They move like airplanes, because most of the times that is what I think they are, until they fade out and disappear. I DO live by an Air Base but I seriously doubt they are anysort of airplanes. They look like they're floating, they don't blink, they look like stars and then they disappear. Everytime I see one with someone else they totally freak out. I think or thought they were satellites but know I am starting to wonder. Anyways, thanks for everyone trying to figure this shit out for me:)
     

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