My son and I were out satellite spotting last evening as the core of the Milky Way slowly appeared high in the eastern sky. About an hour after sundown, we spotted what looked like a large, diffuse comet about 5˚ in diameter in the northeastern sky, about 20˚ above the horizon. We moved to get a better view, and we noted that it was working its way south rather quickly for a comet (~1˚/second). As it moved behind my neighbor's trees, I noticed some lights and voices coming from the base of the nearby hills. It didn't reappear on the other side of the trees, so we chalked it up to tomfoolery…or perhaps an aircraft. And we moved on to other objects.
Multiple sightings across Australia turned up in the news today. As it turns out, we witnessed a burn of the Indian rocket to the moon!
Edited by BQ Octantis, 23 July 2019 - 03:36 AM.