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