posted on Aug, 21 2008 @ 01:41 AM
It seems to be moving from the top-down. It also seems to be moving extremely slowly which might one of the brighter planets like venus or jupiter.
At least that's my first impression. Notice that the moon is red, but so is the object. That tells me that it's a planet, but the disappearing act
is a little harder to explain. It doesn't seem to be cloudy either, which doesn't mean a cloud couldn't have blocked out the planet and not part
of the moon. But it does make you scratch your head.
I saw a couple dozen of similar objects with a bunch of family members back in 1995. They also looked like moving satellites, only they were moving,
changing trajectory, appearing and disappearing, all right above our heads..
A satellite could also be another explanation, however, and the disappearing act is easily explained if it really was. Satellites are sometimes
illuminated from the opposite direction or from the side and even though it is completely dark, the sunlight can still be reaching the satellite high
up in orbit and be reflected back down to the observer. This can sometimes make the satellite look extremely bright right before disappearing just
depending on the reflectivity of the satellite and the angles of the light off of the satellite itself.
I guess a geostationary satellite could give the illusion that it is actually moving when it is really the moon moving. But the moon only travels
through the sky at a pace of about its own diameter per hour and that wouldn't explain the distance the object travels in the short 5 minutes of the
video clip. So, IMO, it isn't a geostationary satellite. Most normal satellites seem to move much faster than what I'm seeing in the video also,
although they usually appear to move slower on the horizon (just as an aircraft does) even though the speed/velocity of the object never changes.
The fact that the moon is red simply means that it could be on the horizon, but this isn't pointed out in the clip so I'm not sure. The fact that
the moving object is also red would tell me that both objects are being filtered through the same layers of earth's atmosphere, giving both objects
the reddish-orange tinge. This would mean that both objects would have to be in space, but that doesn't really make any sense unless it was some
kind of satellite or something like the ISS. But even the ISS is obviously not going to seem to disappear unless there is some kind of phycial
obstruction blocking it out like smoke or a cloud.
The idea of rocket lifting off and shutting off its main engines also came to mind but, then, the object would not move downward. It could also be
some kind of second or third stage of a rocket in flight..But I'm pretty confused about the location of the moon in the sky during the 5 minute clip
since it would depend on location and the time it was filmed (which I don't have). In other words, is the object really moving down towards the
horizon or is it simply moving across the sky right above them? Very difficult to tell.. But Im just assuming it was on the horizon at this point.
I know that when we get forest fires up here in Alaska, the moon is reddish color at night (almost exactly like this). That would help explain the
reddish hue but really nothing else..
If we had time and location, I could recreate what they saw with astronomy software and definitively determine whether or not it is a planet or the
ISS. But it would be almost impossible to figure out if it was a satellite or not since, obviously, many of them are classified.