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Originally posted by Ilyich
I believe what you and the other poster saw was the reflection of sunlight off of a satellite. As the satellite moves into the suns light it appears to light up, and if the reflective surface is pointing towards you, and turns away this would give the illusion the object not only moves from bright, to dim, but could also appear to move from dim to bright. As the satellite, orbits the earth and moves into darker skies, behind Earth's shadow it would appear to disappear. This as well could give the illusion, it was climbing in elevation as it get's " Dimmer. " I'm sorry to burst your out of this world bubble, but there are literally 1000s of operational and retired orbiting objects around the Earth. I too have witnessed these occurrences and thought it was something far more phenomenal than it turned out to be. A quick google search will provide you with the tools to distinguish these objects and provide you with the know how, to identify such objects. Non Commission objects can be a little harder as they aren't as readily tracked, but I believe there is at least one site that provides this information. I would grab you links but I'm running off to work. Seriously, google it. It will save you a potential flame fest.edit on 4/12/2012 by Ilyich because: Reworded to provide clarity.