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#1 KaireBackyard

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 04:57 PM

So right after I was done observing, I quickly came inside. Then I realized that the Moon is rising, But as I looked at it, I noticed a very bright star (about 20 degrees west of the Moon) that shouldnt be there, and wouldn't you know it, moments later, it sudenlly went dim and vanished. I thought it was a cloud, but it was clear outside. Any idea what it is?

#2 Waddensky

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 05:06 PM

Could be an airplane aiming its landing lights directly at you, or a satellite flare (those can be found here).



#3 Stellar1

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 05:17 PM

Pretty much sounds like the telltale sign an aircraft head on then banking away.


Edited by Stellar1, 19 May 2020 - 05:18 PM.


#4 Astroman007

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 06:13 PM

Any sound? Anything else out of the ordinary that you may have noticed?



#5 zleonis

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 08:06 PM

Considering the time and location, I'd second the suggestion of a satellite flare (sunlight reflecting off of a particularly bright surface that happens to align with your location). You might check the free app Heaven's Above (or the website that for the time and location you observed it, to see if there were any satellites in the area (its user interface isn't quite as nice as Sky Safari, but sometimes I've found what I saw there but not in Sky Safari). Flares from satellites or debris can be quite striking.


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#6 KaireBackyard

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 11:57 PM

Could be an airplane aiming its landing lights directly at you, or a satellite flare (those can be found here).


Thanks, and i did not hear anything
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#7 Andrekp

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Posted 20 May 2020 - 12:10 PM

Better call S.H.A.D.O. and report it.


Edited by Andrekp, 20 May 2020 - 12:10 PM.

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Posted 20 May 2020 - 02:15 PM

+1 on distant aircraft landing lights.


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Posted 24 May 2020 - 12:40 PM

I would say an airplane since I see many like that. They are to distant to hear.


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