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Originally posted by SonoraUndergroundLabs
They start out brighter than any star in the sky in a stationary position.
Originally posted by Soylent Green Is People
Satellites can grow very bright, then go dim (and even sometimes glow reddish) until they fade away. This is because we see satellites only because they are reflecting the sun back to our eyes. As a satellite moves, the angle of it changes relative to the Sun and to our eyes. Therefore, it can grow dim and fade away.
I've seen the ISS (space station) go from being the brightest object in the night sky (besides the Moon) to fading away to almost nothing, and glowing reddish as it fades, in a matter of minutes.
Next time you see one of these objects, note the date, time, location in the sky, and direction, then check out those things with this website to see if it was a satellite: