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Originally posted by Stari
No my vision was not altered, I am wide awake, I know right where it was and it is now gone. I did not imagine it I know a little bit about astronomy, this has happened one other time before.
When you go out and see a bright light, here's some info that you can take down to help identify it.
Time (within a half hour)
Location (approximately and including elevation if possible)
Altitude of object
Azimuth of object
As detailed of description as possible. Things to include how long you watched it, what color it was, what constellation it was in, and anything else you may think to be important.
Another excellent site is www.heavens-above.com
Go to Heavens-Above and register for a free account. When you log in you can get exact locations to see satellites, space junk like discarded rocket bodies, the ISS, the Hubble, etc. The site gives the time to see the object, the direction to look, and the angle above the horizon to look.
I like to go to Heavens-Above and then go outside and get pictures of satellites. I'm trying to get a picture of every Iridium communication satellite.
Another great, free astronomy program is Stellarium. It's what I use before I go outside for a night's observing with my telescope. It's free, easy to use, has great graphics, and shows you exactly how the sky looks outside. It shows stars, planets, and other 'stuff'. You can turn on or off the lines drawing constellations, star names, and even artwork showing the constellations.