Jump to content

  •  

CNers have asked about a donation box for Cloudy Nights over the years, so here you go. Donation is not required by any means, so please enjoy your stay.

Photo

Bizarre Bright Objects Just Seen In The Night Sky Over SE South Dakota

  • Please log in to reply
8 replies to this topic

#1 Colinstar

Colinstar

    Sputnik

  • -----
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 31
  • Joined: 03 Apr 2016

Posted 25 May 2019 - 12:29 AM

I have been an amateur astronomer since 1986.  I have seen thousands of airplanes at night, thousands of satellites and thousands of meteors. 

 

But what...did...I...just...see???

 

At about 12:10 Central Time tonight as I looked up at the northern sky over Bridgewater, South Dakota, I saw a long string of incredibly bright light, that was lasting...and lasting...and lasting...

 

I thought...this may be the brightest meteor I've ever seen, so I watched with the naked eye, as this object floated fairly quickly downward at about a 45 degree angle from west to east.  

 

The object kept getting longer...panic set in...I gotta see this with the scope...so I swung the 12" Dob around.  No...it's moving too fast, where are the giant binoculars...nope, too fast for that...I have to get some video. 

 

Smart phones and video in the dark...doesn't work so well.  I couldn't get this captured before they disappeared into the trees. 

 

This looked like 40 moving aircraft or spacecraft moving in a train like fashion in the sky.  

 

No, I haven't been drinking or taking drugs.  

 

Did anybody else see what I saw?

 

What on Earth...or above the Earth could that have been?

 

 


  • BradFran likes this

#2 D_talley

D_talley

    Gemini

  • *****
  • Posts: 3215
  • Joined: 07 Jul 2005
  • Loc: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Posted 25 May 2019 - 12:36 AM

Could it have been associated with the Space X launch with 60 satellites?


  • Tonk and Jim T like this

#3 D_talley

D_talley

    Gemini

  • *****
  • Posts: 3215
  • Joined: 07 Jul 2005
  • Loc: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Posted 25 May 2019 - 12:38 AM

Looks like it was:

 

 

https://www.cloudyni...lites-on-video/


  • havasman likes this

#4 Rich (RLTYS)

Rich (RLTYS)

    Fly Me to the Moon

  • *****
  • Posts: 6689
  • Joined: 18 Dec 2004
  • Loc: Mayo (Maryland)

Posted 25 May 2019 - 07:24 AM

You might want to see this.

 

http://vimeo.com/338361997



#5 BradFran

BradFran

    Mariner 2

  • -----
  • Posts: 281
  • Joined: 12 Jul 2017
  • Loc: Mars

Posted 25 May 2019 - 08:41 AM

I like your description. There are others on Reddit and Twitter who saw it unexpectedly as well. This shows you can't sneak one past us amateur astronomers. "40 moving aircraft or spacecraft moving in a train like fashion in the sky" It's an alien invasion! Not this time. cool.gif  Just the Elongated Muskrat putting bright, shiny garbage into space. This is the first 60 of a planned 12,000.

 

shakecane.gif  I guess I'm the only one cranky about this.


  • Tonk, Colinstar and Conaxian like this

#6 havasman

havasman

    Cosmos

  • ****-
  • Posts: 9239
  • Joined: 04 Aug 2013
  • Loc: Dallas, Texas

Posted 25 May 2019 - 12:03 PM

shakecane.gif  I guess I'm the only one cranky about this.

Oh, no. Others are right there with you. All these billionaire space-based vanity projects are essentially irritating. 


  • jeffmac and Conaxian like this

#7 NorthernlatAK

NorthernlatAK

    Viking 1

  • -----
  • Posts: 527
  • Joined: 22 Sep 2018

Posted 25 May 2019 - 02:03 PM

I'd love to hear a flat-earther explanation...

#8 Colinstar

Colinstar

    Sputnik

  • -----
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 31
  • Joined: 03 Apr 2016

Posted 25 May 2019 - 04:30 PM

I guess that is what I saw.  Elon Musk's handiwork.



#9 Colinstar

Colinstar

    Sputnik

  • -----
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 31
  • Joined: 03 Apr 2016

Posted 25 May 2019 - 04:32 PM

It was a pretty cool sight.  As I saw it, I thought,  " I'll probably never see this again."  But I probably will now that I know the quantity of these he is planning to launch. 

I like your description. There are others on Reddit and Twitter who saw it unexpectedly as well. This shows you can't sneak one past us amateur astronomers. "40 moving aircraft or spacecraft moving in a train like fashion in the sky" It's an alien invasion! Not this time. cool.gif  Just the Elongated Muskrat putting bright, shiny garbage into space. This is the first 60 of a planned 12,000.

 

shakecane.gif  I guess I'm the only one cranky about this.


  • BradFran likes this


CNers have asked about a donation box for Cloudy Nights over the years, so here you go. Donation is not required by any means, so please enjoy your stay.


Recent Topics






Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics