posted on Aug, 19 2011 @ 11:44 PM
I'm in Illinois as well, and yes, I've also seen what you are referring to.
I've been watching it for months now as I'm an avid skywatcher. I'm not a professional astronomer, but I know my way around.
It only appears like it's getting closer and it does seem to blink different colors and that probably means it's a satellite. I understand what you
mean by colors as there is a difference between the twinkling of a star and the blinking of colors of whatever this object in the sky is.
Satellites can move to the left or right as you're watching them and it's very noticeable as they make the necessary timed adjustments to the
satellite. So, make a note of the time when it appears to move and see if it moves at that time the next night, or the same time and day the week
after, and so on.
I'm 90% positive that what you're looking at is a communications satellite for cell phones and so on. At times there is only one noticeable one in
the Chicago & burbs area, but at other times there are 2 unmistakeable (to the naked eye) satellites in the area and this is during the holidays
-especially New Years week.
With that aside, do you see anything to the East? However this one is not blinking colors and it's not Venus. If you know what it is, please let me
-One Nation Under: A Starry Sky
edit on 8/19/2011 by OneNationUnder because: Updated the "One Nation Under" ending, which changes periodically to define what this great
nation is under.