This brings up a large problem with some eyewitness reports. Your average person is not accustomed to judging altitudes, as it often takes more
specialized knowledge. Unless you have seen planes and whatnot at various known altitudes in the past, it is hard to even get in the ballpark. Since
you stated it looked like a star, I would assume it was probably fairly high in altitude, but this also can be misjudged based on the size of the
object. Is it a really large object that is far away, or a really small object a bit closer?
I know you said it was moving too slowly to be a satellite, and I admit that satellites usually appear to move quickly, but there are multiple orbits
a satellite can travel. It is not likely that one would notice a satellite during the day, only at night, so if this was during daylight hours then
another explanation should probably be sought.
Another thing is that speed is quite difficult to determine unless you are used to making such judgements, and it is hard to know the speed without
having some idea of the altitude as well. Two planes moving at the same speed but at drastically different altitudes will appear a bit different to
observers on the ground. Most observers anyway.
I guess my point is that determining just what the object was that you saw would be easier with more data. Unfortunately we will have to do without
that. It is theoretically possible that you could have been seeing an aircraft. If the altitude was well above 30,000 feet or so, then that really
limits what it could be. Granted that the majority of aircraft have a very specific configuration of lights, but the aircraft that fly at high
altitudes, especially secret projects that never leave restricted airspace, could easily get away without having FAA approved lighting.
You have something like the U-2, which is still in service and can fly at 70,000 ft, as well as newer spy drones that can fly at around 60,000. Some
have not had their ceilings published as far as I know. But it is not likely that you would see a light from a smaller drone at high altitude. But
then there are theoretical aircraft that nobody really knows a lot about. Some are only speculative, and may not even exist.
This is not related to what you saw, but take something like the stealth blackhawk that we now know exists. We wouldn't have known it existed had one
of them not crashed in Pakistan during the raid on Bin Laden's compound. Most people thought that stealth technology itself had been discontinued in
06. So who knows what we have? There are rumored "space planes" going back to the 1980's. Of course most people would probably expect such aircraft to
launch into space utilizing rocket propulsion, some after being jettisoned from a larger transport aircraft, so this is not what you saw...Unless it
was already in orbit. Maybe it was something like the RQ-180 being tested. THAT is a cool drone. It likely has a wingspan well over 100 feet, which is
relatively large for any unmanned vehicle. These likely can go well above 60,000 feet. I doubt anyone really knows, as there are likely multiple
versions. The USGS once picked up some noises that supposedly indicated a craft at around 90,000 feet and moving around mach 5.
The X-40 was being developed by NASA, but was suddenly taken over and classified by the military. Perhaps they have done something with that as well.
My point is that I believe that if what you were seeing was not a satellite, it was likely an aircraft. And considering civilian aircraft are fairly
easy to identify and do not fly at extremely high altitudes, that is not a likely explanation IF what you saw was extremely high or even orbital. See
if anyone has witnessed a launch from a military base recently.
I wish I could have seen it to get a better idea of how high it was, as that makes all the difference. Perhaps the main clue is found in the single
red light. I don't know anything about the lighting of aircraft except those that I have personally witnessed. When I was in the USAF I watched a lot
of aircraft coming and going on every base I was stationed on, and I've never really seen anything unexplainable in that regard. I have never seen a
craft with a single red light. Some of the triangular craft the military is developing could easily have a single light under the belly of the
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