Feb 18 2017, 06:59 PM
Yes, or, "the stars are out tonight".
Originally Posted by Foolardi
Feb 18 2017, 07:53 PM
Quite true. But then, unfiltered sunlight striking a silver object, (which satellites mostly are), is going to reflect very vividly to an observer. Especially since that reflected light is set against a backdrop of black space.
Originally Posted by tecoyah
I'm pretty confident that what I saw really was Sputnik. Because, (a) we were alerted by radio that the satellite would be passing overhead at a specific time and in a specific direction; (b) it was around 1957, before there were jet airliners travelling at very high altitudes in Australia; (c) we were located far from a major city, in a coastal township which was barely developed then; (d) it was a very clear, still night without clouds, and we were allowed to lie outside on the grass for quite a while, waiting.
When it appeared, (or rather, when we spotted it), it was a tiny point of white light, moving from horizon to horizon, without the slightest deviation. We had to continually "recapture" it, because it looked like a small pale star. There was absolutely no aeroplane sound, which we were quite accustomed to hearing whenever a plane went overhead, (props, not jets). It was also a topic of conversation at school for some time after that.
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