Before I go into this I would like to say I have no pictures or video evidence of what I saw, but I will try and be as detailed as I can and would
appreciate feedback on what it could have been instead of "I think it was..."
I wanted to get this out of the way so the ones who scream "Pics or it didn't happen" don't have a chance to send this in the opposite direction I
want this to go. I'm trying to understand and process what I saw so I would be appreciative if anyone who knows astro physics, orbital patterns of
anything manmade as well as those who could point me in the right direction. In fact it would be brilliant
Anyway, this occurred last night 22:55 (Wed 5th 2012) in Northern Ireland as I took my pups outside for their late evening house training regime. I
was outside for about 5mins before my other half asked for one of the dogs in for their daily grooming (We have Bicons), so since Kirby did what he
had to do he was elected.
So myself and Lucy were strolling around the garden and walked alongside our garden shed when she decided to sit herself down. Next thing, she looks
up. Her head cocks from side to side as she spots something. So I looked up and saw nothing but the odd bat flying over as well as the blanket of
stars overhead (Very beautiful last night. The sky was filled even through the moon rays). I looked back at her to see what she doing and Lucy was
completely transfixed on something. I looked up to the gable end of the house as we have a bird which has taken up residence within that area and
believed she may have spotted poking its head out. I noticed nothing.
So I looked up towards the sky again trying to get a trail of her vision when I spotted it. Basically, it was like a star moving from SE to a NW
direction. Once again I looked down at the dog and she was following its trajectory so I looked up again to see where it was headed when it suddenly
brightened! It was almost like a pulse at first and as the intensity grew it became brighter and brighter. The colour of this light was pure white
with a tinge of blue along the edges. But I noticed that there was a shape surrounding this light in which I couldn't describe. I did see a few
straight edges on the right hand side of the light but that is about it.
At first I thought it was a missile heading down (It was the impression I got) and I was literally bracing myself for the impact when it suddenly
dimmed down to an orange dot in the sky and took off like a bullet! It was almost as if someone switched a light off it was that sudden. I stood there
in shock not knowing what the hell to make of it and I looked down to Lucy who already was heading towards the back door, completely freaking out.
As I went back into the house I stood in the kitchen trying to process what it was I saw as Lucy made her way to the lounge. My other half called out
to me what was wrong with her as she was acting odd. I never told her. Kinda brushed it off as a dog thing but as I stood there I got this huge sense
of fear. I literally pulled the kitchen blinds, pulled the lounge curtains as well as every blind and curtain in the bedroom and upstairs hallway. I
literally freaked out while trying to act normal in front of my other half (She is a natural born skeptic).
I tried to rationalise what I saw by pulling up the usual suspects on Google such as the ISS whose last flyover my region was 06:22am on Tuesday 4th
2012 as well as satellite trajectories but was stunned to learn we cannot see these things from the ground. There were no known asteroid or meteorite
activity either and I have drew a complete blank. I found it strange that Lucy noticed it before I did and more so with her reaction.
So, ATS I need your help. Any ideas?