posted on Oct, 22 2013 @ 10:39 PM
Observed the Western sky this evening. Venus bright in the Southwest. Saturn not seen, presumably because it set, just after 7 p.m., before the sky
was dark enough for it to be seen. Arcturus, reddish and flickering in many colors, low in the West, had set by 8 p.m. Nothing out of the ordinary
noticed in the sky.
In any case, Mr. Prescott described an object midway on a line drawn between Saturn and Arcturus, seen at around 8 p.m. Even if he made a mistake,
and meant 7 p.m. instead of 8, what he described does not appear possible. At 7, the first of his reference points was not visible. If he meant 9
p.m., instead of 8, both his reference points would be missing from the sky.
I suspect he may have been mistaken about the direction in which he was facing. He might have seen the stars Vega and Altair in the Southwest,
mistaking then for Arcturus and Saturn, and seen the star Alberio, the head of Cygnus the Swan, between them, under turbulent atmospheric conditions,
which made it flicker in many colors.
edit on 22-10-2013 by Ross 54 because: (no reason given)