posted on Apr, 7 2009 @ 05:31 AM
In August 2008, a friend and I were out in the countryside stargazing. The sky was almost entirely clear and moonlit. At around midnight, I observed
what I at first believed to be an artificial satellite (I've seen these before). It was bright and moving at a regular pace along a more or less
straight, predictable path.
After a minute or two, however, the object began to U-turn and, in the process, began to dim. Moments later, it looped around to the original path and
returned to its original brightness. In short, it went in a loop, and it repeated this several times until I lost sight of the object. I estimate that
the dimming I saw as the object turned was due to the object reflecting sunlight, like a satellite, but I've no idea what kind of object at that
height would fly in loops.
Since August, I've been trying to find plausible explanations for what this object was through an established astronomy and satellite observing
forum. Aside from the predictable bird/Chinese lantern/passing jet theories, no-one has been able to offer much, or even say that they've seen
something similar, which surprises me.
Does anyone have any ideas?