posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 12:00 AM
Hi, just been outside in the early morning hours for a cigarette and to watch the sky (very clear night) here in Bristol. Observing the skies as
always looking out for satellites, shooting stars and the likes. I was facing east and looking vertically up for a few minutes and saw a flash
slightly lower down from my view in the corner of my eye. @ Approx. 4:45am
Anyway, i immediately looked to where this flash came from and thought "that was odd" when it happened again, so i stood there trying to guess where
the next flash would happen (as if it was an object in orbit, reflecting the sun). But it appeared to have no obvious flightpath across the sky, the
object was only visible during the brief flash, which also varied in brightness every other time it occurred. There was a random delay between flashes
(5-30 seconds) and it appeared to change speed.
So as i was watching this thing go upwards (from east to west) it suddenly appeared about an index finger (at arms length) to the right of my view.
Immediately after that, there was a very odd burst of small flashes around where i guess this object was and it left a smear of white light for about
half a second (like a long exposure photo of car headlights moving during the night) . Next thing i know this blinking light is now traveling
down-wards and literally 1-2cm (at arms length) to the east of Jupiter in the sky, whereas before it was traveling upwards from my view and was
approximately 2 index fingers away from Jupiter. Blinked several more times and just disappeared...
Its the kind of flash as if you could imagine someone snapping a photo at night from a long way away facing your direction. The thing that really gets
me, is these lights never appear on the horizon, they just start blinking for a short moment in a random part of the sky.
I'm posting this thread because i want to know what this was. I have tried researching things like "star-like flashing lights in the sky" but never
found anything which fits what i have seen. Shooting stars, satellites, ISS, space-junk, just doesn't fit. I watch the sky for at least an hour every
night when the stars are visible, and i do know what a satellite (artificial or man-made) behaves like.
Now i know this probably isn't that interesting just being a blinking light, but i have wondered for a long time what these mysterious flashes are? I
know of the flaring effect when satellites reflecting sun-rays from their solar panels as they rotate, for example. However that does not explain the
erratic movement between flashes, such as chicane-like movements, blinking twice in the exact same spot, or even doubling back on itself. As well as
the fact this is just a flash/blink that happens almost instantaneously, in an on-off fashion.
I've watched several of these things in the past and all pretty much act in the same way as i tried to explain here. Its really bugging me that i
can't find an explanation for it. Any ideas?
By the way, if anyone seen these strange flashes this morning (4-5am england) then please post about it, i'd really like to know what it could have