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Originally posted by ZPE StarPilot
Ok, I looked in my PDA program, and that's about where HR 1231 would be, magnitude 2.95. I don't see anything else around. Mars, of course, much higher up above the horizon, maybe 50-55 degrees.
A little to the East (ESE), is Rigel, magnitude 1.60.
Still doesn't sound like what you were seeing, unless there was an atmospheric disturbance. Something to make it appear brighter or bigger for a while.
Pretty far out of the orbital plane, so not a planet. Perhaps a satellite?
The Northern Taurids are active from October 12 to December 2. Maximum is also of long duration and extends over November 4-7 (solar longitude=221 deg-224 deg) from an average radiant of RA=54 deg, DEC=+21 deg. The radiant's daily motion is +0.78 deg in RA and +0.19 deg in DEC. The Southern Taurids are active during September 17 to November 27. They reach maximum during October 30 to November 7 (solar longitude=216 deg-224 deg) from an average radiant of RA=53 deg, DEC=+12 deg. This radiant's daily motion is +0.99 deg in RA and +0.28 deg in DEC. Both showers possess maximum hourly rates near 7.
The Anthelion radiant is now centered at 03:28 (052) +19. This area of the sky is located on the Aries/Taurus border, seven degrees southwest of the Pleiades (Seven Sisters) open star cluster. Since this radiant is large and diffuse, any slow to medium speed meteor from Aries, northeastern Cetus, or western Taurus could be a candidate for this shower. The center of this area is best placed near 0200 local daylight time when it lies on the meridian and is highest in the sky. At this time of year the normal anthelion activity is combined with material from comet 2P Encke, producing the highest anthelion activity of the year. Rates should be near four per hour from the Northern Hemisphere and three per hour for observers south of the equator. With an entry velocity of 30 km/sec., the average anthelion meteor would be of medium-slow speed.
To find UV Ceti first locate tau Ceti, then the binary h 2067 (see above). UV Ceti is in the same viewing area, just half a degree to the southwest of h 2067. Burnham (p. 642) has a finder's chart.
Originally posted by QuietSoul
...the only explanation I can come up with is, like you considered, a UV Ceti.. but from what I've read, they've never reached past 7 magnitude.
Was it anywhere near that location?
Jan. 27, 1999. For the first time, scientists have witnessed the visible light emitted at the same time as a gamma-ray burst. The optical counterpart was so bright that it could have been seen in the night sky with a simple pair of binoculars.
Originally posted by The Block
Possible? Maybe? Cant find anything yet either. Have you reported it to any appropriate authority?
Originally posted by groingrinder
There is a whole constellation of communications satellites called Iridium that have huge solar panels and as they swing aroung in their orbits, they catch the sun momentarily in the panels and get very bright , then they dim down to nothing again.
from above articleNovember 3, 2005: "I thought some wise guy was shining a spotlight at me," says Josh Bowers of New Germany, Pennsylvania. "Then I realized what it was: a fireball in the southern sky. I was doing some backyard astronomy around 9 p.m. on Halloween (Oct. 31, 2005), and this meteor was so bright it made me lose my night vision."
Bowers wasn't the only one who saw the fireball. Lots of people were outdoors Trick or Treating. They saw what Bowers saw ... and more. Before the night was over, reports of meteors "brighter than a full moon" were streaming in from coast to coast.