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#1 *skyguy*

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 09:07 PM

I was out observing the thin crescent moon this evening with my telescope (138X) and I suddenly saw a couple of small lights passing across the unlit part of the moon. A split second latter, a passenger jet was silhouetted against bright portion, leaving a heat trail that distorted the lunar surface for a second or so. It was the first time for me! :) Has anyone else observed a plane ... birds ... bats ... insects ... satellites (ISS?) or dare I say it ... UFO's ... passing in front of the moon?

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 10:55 PM

Yes it's fairly common but not regular. I see birds more than aircraft however.

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 12:56 AM

James,

Bats, often. On rare occasions, the ISS.

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 11:35 PM

I always see birds, once seen a jet as the OP has posted. I recollect a taking a pic that had a little avion critter passing through. Found it in my 4/13 archives:

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 09:13 AM

here my published detection last evening...
http://lunarnetworks...ed-transit.html

See:)
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Posted 13 August 2013 - 01:11 PM

I have seen many birds and jets passing in front of the moon, especially when I lived closer to the airport than you do. My most cherished view is that of a U2 spy plane flying in front of the moon.

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 12:28 AM

Happened to me tonight looking at Pluto.

#8 seawolfe

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 09:13 AM

There was a plane on Pluto??? :roflmao: :tonofbricks:






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