posted on Sep, 5 2008 @ 07:13 PM
I've been reading ATS for weeks now, but had to create an account today so that I could reply to THIS thread!
I also see these starlike things across the night sky.
Around 4 years ago, we were in Mesquite, NV, and kinda joked about being "close" to Area 51, so "let's go UFO hunting"!! The kids thought we
were insane- so we waited til it was dark, and went up the freeway about 10-12 miles, to the middle of nowhere, and found a nice dark road, very few
cars were traveling. We were really going out to watch the lightning storm in the distance..................but, started seeing all kinds of things
over us! (thats a whole 'nother thread!) We've been skywatching ever since!
I saw them when we lived in CA, and now living in UT.
There is no mistaking them for airplanes. I've tried a few times to track satellites via web sites, etc, and they don't match up with what we see.
I've also watched things like Iridium flares, and this is nothing like that. I also read, that most satellites are only visible the first 2 hours
after the sun goes down, so I try to avoid skywatching until a little later in the night.
I'll probably lay outside tonight, we do this on the weekends very often! We take the air mattress out back, we don't have too much light pollution
They look like stars, but they're moving FAST. What I see, there is no need to "plot" anything etc. I think that could be misleading, because the
stars do "move"--- well, the earth rotates, right? But there's no need with these, they fly across the sky over the course of maybe a minute or
so- sometimes they fade out. Some nights, we see NOTHING.....other nights, we've counted up to 11-12 in maybe, 2 hours, that we lay outside.
Only in the last few months, have I seen something different, that someone else mentioned---- flashing. And this is NOT a strobe on an
airplane................. one night, it was after midnight, I THOUGHT I saw a flash out of the corner of my eye, and dismissed it. The next
night, my husband was sitting on the back porch with me, and we both caught the flash of light, so I told him about the night before. We were
watching the sky, but NOTHING. But then, maybe, 30 seconds later, and several miles north, FLASH...FLASH FLASH.....and gone. We've seen something
similar to that 3 times now.
Two weeks ago, myself and my 12 year old daughter were on the air mattress. She watches with me all the time, and while she thinks its "weird",
it's not something new to her. We saw something we hadn't seen before though.............I don't think words will do it justice, but I'll try--
it was a VERY bright and VERY white light, and it was lower in the sky than what we usually see- and it was moving so fast, it had a bit of a tail
behind it. It was moving northward. I pointed and almost yelled to my daughter to look at it, within maybe, 3 seconds, it was very fast, it was just
GONE, and almost as fast as we started to say, "what happened", to the west, was a HUGE flash of light. Neither of us had our eyes focused that way
though, as we were looking towards the north, so we don't know exactly what the flash looked like------------ but it was different enough to scare
the heck out of my daughter for a good while!!
My camera, a lil canon digital...it's new, but my excitement went away quickly when I realized, it can't focus on the stars when I try to take
My grandfather is supposed to be sending me a telescope he doesn't use anymore.... if he only knew why I REALLY wanted it so badly..heh!