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These events occurred at the tail end of last week and this is my first real opportunity to get them into a post.
We recently had several cold, cloud free and severely frosty nights which made the night skies quite spectacular, as my home is on the very edge of
small town surrounded by countryside and is quite free from light pollution. A little after 7:00pm I was outside, taking some rubbish to the recycle
bin when I stopped to look up at a wonderful sky. Pinpoints of bright lighs sprawled across the inky blackness. Two lights moved…one directly from
west to east, very high up, really bright and at a constant speed which took several minutes to cross the arc of sky. The second moved south west to
north east, again quite high up, not as bright as the other and had a steady flashing light. The former I identified as a satellite, the latter as a
commercial flight. Nothing else stirred so I went inside…plus the fact that my arms were turning blue!
The morning after, I was out at 5:45am on my way to work when I looked up to see the sky just as magnificent as the night before. Again, I spotted two
lights. This time a high, intensely bright light was moving directly north to south and, from a south westerly direction I saw a smaller, fainter
light moving north eastwards. At first I assumed the faint light was a star and only appreared to be moving because the brighter light was heading
towards it and the illusion was of forward movement.
The bright light got quite close, visually, to the fainter light and passed by it before disappearing from view. That’s when I realised that the
smaller light was actually moving in my direction. I followed its track, thinking it could be plane but I just couldn’t see the usual flashing light,
until it got overhead and slightly to the left when the darned thing did a 45 degree right turn and shot away at speed, vanishing in seconds.
There was obviously no noise from either light which I didn’t find unusual because of their apparent altitude but the manoeuvre has left me at a total
loss of explanation and can anybody tell me if satellites can orbit north to south [I think the brighter light was another satellite but I’m not
One more thing. Yesterday morning I opened the door at the rear of the house to put a bag out ready to drop into the bin on my way to work. It was
another clear morning. I noticed three stars in a straight line off to the west, seemingly equally spaced in distance apart and completely
still…hence assuming they were stars…but stars I had not noticed before. I genuinely had to look at them several times before going back in to get
some breakfast. I shut the door but something didn’t feel right. I ate my cereal and still bothered, went to the door again maybe some five minutes
later and the stars were not there. It wasn’t cloud cover as all the other stars were still visibe. They just were not there. I went further out into
the garden to check if the formation had moved but nothing to be seen.
As I said in the title, ambiguous lights in the sky.
edit on 11-1-2017 by fromtheskydown because: Title spelling error