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Discussion in 'Member Casual Chat' started by Foolardi, Feb 16, 2017.

  1. Foolardi

    Foolardi Well-Known Member

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    Did you.? I would never have known a U.S. Satellite was due to cross
    over the skyline tonight at precisely *7:06 pm edt.Ending a few minutes
    later.
    So I went out after doing the dishes at 7:06 and used my binoculars.
    The sky was somewhat cloudy.I saw a bright star at first and thought it was
    it.Then another bright star became visible.The weather man said it
    was headed West by Northwest.Unlike the Movie - North by Northwest -.
    So I kinda moved to purview a wider panascope of the sky.
    Another bright star appeared.Obviously the cloud cover was somewhat
    lifting.Then I saw it.Something far different that I'd ever seen before.
    I thought it might just be a fast jet.But I focused-in and saw what the
    Weatherman showed a picture of.An exact replica of that picture.
    A rectangular moving object in the sky with Blinking lights.
    White Lights on the outside and dual blinking red lights as if many
    little red lights toward the center.Talk about neat.
    Like actually seeing a Martian Space Ship.
    It lasted just a few seconds.I knew it was the real deal because it
    was moving.Moving along fast enough to not be any jet.
    I think I may have seen it with my binoculars for around 10 seconds.
    I would totally have missed it if I didn't turn around and look at a
    wider angle of the skyline.
    I feel somewhat proud of myself.Like I accomplished something.
    I've been wanting to get one of those affordable high power telescopes.
    But Now I'm convinced.Having seen Blood moons and stuff.

    * for my viewing area according to the Weatherman.
     
  2. ArmySoldier

    ArmySoldier Well-Known Member

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    Maybe you did see a Martian Space Ship
     
  3. APACHERAT

    APACHERAT Well-Known Member

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    To the best of my knowledge, satellites don't have lights on them. More likely you saw the navigation lights on an aircraft.
     
  4. Wrathful_Buddha

    Wrathful_Buddha Well-Known Member

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    I think you might have seen a UFO.
     
  5. RPA1

    RPA1 Well-Known Member

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    If you don't know what it is then by definition it is a UFO. I saw one several years ago while walking my dog. It was just a bright, round light (no tail or anything to identify it as a comet or asteroid) which I thought was a helicopter with one of those spot lights however, there was no noise at all, no blinking running lights etc. No 'spot' of light on the ground etc. It just quietly and slowly passed over head going W to SW, made a little jog, turned red then orange and disappeared.
     
  6. Ronstar

    Ronstar Well-Known Member

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    Ive seen satellites cross the night sky many times.

    its very common.
     
  7. lemmiwinx

    lemmiwinx Well-Known Member

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    The orbiting craft described by OP fits perfectly with known working Russian spy satellites. These are the same type of devices they used to hack the US presidential election and elect Trump.
     
  8. Foolardi

    Foolardi Well-Known Member

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    Have fun all you like But I've never seen anything like it.
    It could have been a Military jet because it moved kinda fast.
    As a kid I've seen falling stars and stuff.And I guess some aircraft have
    running lights.But this was weird.Bright outer white lights and blinking red
    lights toward the center.Plus I could tell by the configuration of the lights
    it was not some aircraft.The thing appeared out of nowhere.If I wasn't
    looking real hard in that direction I woulda missed it.It kinda slithered out
    from a little cloud cover.It was neat.
    Trust me,I've been around the block a few times.If I say it was neat,
    then you can take it to the Federal Reserve and have it minted.
    Easy on the chocolate.
     
  9. Foolardi

    Foolardi Well-Known Member

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    The weatherman on the local big city TV 6PM news tipped his audience
    off.Said it was a U.S. Satellite and where it was supposed to appear at 7:06 PM.
    Visible until as late as 7:12 I believe.
     
  10. RPA1

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    I hear ya....What I saw was not explainable. It was too bright to be a satellite...and I didn't need binoculars to see it. I know what I saw but there are those who like to ridicule. I would have never thought I would see anything like this and, to be honest, I didn't really believe in UFOs.....Until I saw one.
     
  11. R Crusoe Esq

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    Satellites catch the light of the sun and reflect it.
     
  12. R Crusoe Esq

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    That's a new one on me! As Apacherat said, didn't think satellites had lights. At least, not exterior lights that can be seen from Earth. Why would they, after all?

    Whatever you saw, it's certainly a good feeling to have seen some unidentified object, isn't it! Don't want to take that away from you. :smile:

    I can clearly remember, (and this will give away my age!), lying on the grass in the back yard and watching the night sky for the first Sputnik to go over. And we saw it. A feint dot of light moving inexorably from horizon to horizon. Never will forget that night.

    As for a high-powered telescope, just remember that if it's powerful enough to resolve a satellite, its field of view will be miniscule, and even if you manage to pick up a satellite in the eyepiece, it'll move out of sight so quickly you'll hardly notice it. So, if you're serious about your astronomy, you're going to need a motorized telescope. Not sure how $$$ they are these days, though. Probably very!
     
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    Did you say "cheese"?

    btw you know the Russians have more satellites than the US,
     
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    HereWeGoAgain Well-Known Member

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    So do alien spacecrafts. That's why so many UFOs are misidentified as satellites.

    :blankstare:
     
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  16. R Crusoe Esq

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    Yes, the moon is a satellite.

    As to your first comment, I'll just say thanks for the laugh. :smile:
     
  17. Ronstar

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    excuse me?
     
  18. Aleksander Ulyanov

    Aleksander Ulyanov Well-Known Member

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    Artificial satellites are at least a hundred miles up and usually more, so any lights on them would have to be enormously bright to be seen down here. They can reflect the sun quite brightly however, and sometimes have antennas and/or other structures which turn and so appear to be flashing, but I get the idea that is unusual.

    It sounds possible that you saw an airplane and a satellite at the same time, it does happen and can be a startling sight
     
  19. R Crusoe Esq

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    We should have, shouldn't we! :smile:

    Didn't know that about Russian satellite numbers.
     
  20. Le Chef

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    We'll never know!
     

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