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Originally posted by doogle
....... and I noticed a big orange star appear in front of us, looked about the same
There were only a few whispy clouds in the sky and none in the region this appeared in......
Any ideas what it could have been? It didn't reappear all the rest of the journey home.
Originally posted by waveguide3
The OP doesn't mention the time when the light was observed, butthe general description sounds very much like a typical Iridium Flare.
This is easy to confirm by registering with the Heavens Above Website.
This will allow anyone to research their observations of lights in the sky.
So, entering the coordinates of Nottingham, UK into the database allows you to see if there were/will be any bright light phenomena due to Iridium Flares.
This is what I got:
You can see that there wasindeed a very bright flare in the Northern sky at about half past nine on the evening concerned. The altitude was around 20 degrees and the brightness was magnitude -6. This is unusually bright (about five times brighter than Venus as a rough guide). The flares always last for a few seconds only, but can be quite spectacular.
I guess the only bummer in this will be if the OP reports a completely different time.