posted on Jun, 17 2012 @ 06:16 PM
I saw a flashing light last night in the Corpus Christi, TX sky. It would flash about every 36 seconds and appeared to remain stationary with respect
to azimuth. It moved slowly with respect to the stars. First spotted it around 11pm local time near the star Syrma (Just west of Saturn last night).
It moved to the left throughout the next hour leading me to believe it was stationary.
Could be a geosynchronous satellite that's tumbling, but why would it be brighter (what I saw was roughly the brightness of Saturn or a very bright
star) than other satellites that we saw last night, which are a lot closer to the Earth's surface than geosynch? Geosynch. satellites orbit at around
22,000 miles above the equator while the satellites that we see going across the sky every night are at around 1,000 miles.
I doubt weather balloons or other stationary aircraft would have such a slow period flash if the point of the flash is to warn other aircraft. A plane
that flies up that high will usually be travelling pretty fast and 36 second flashes would be worthless for collision avoidance.
My brother saw the same type of thing in Pensacola, FL a few months ago. I forget what the period on that one was.