Season's greeting ATS..!!
I saw something quite intriguing the other night - a 'star' appeared near to the Moon, where there has never previously been a star. I expected it was
a satellite, and thus that it would go off on a tangent as the night progressed & the Moon moved across its normal path in the sky. I called my
children and parents out to look at it - we had just finished a lovely Christmas meal; they agreed it was likely to be an earth-orbiting satellite.
I'm located in the North-West of England (county of Cheshire), and this took place on Christmas Day night. The object was visible from the moment the
Moon appeared in the evening sky, and stayed exactly positioned in relation to the Moon all night. It was as bright in the sky as the North Star, and
as large as the ISS. It was approx two Moon diameter's distance from the Moon, and was located WSW of the Moon itself.
Despite my expectation that the object would track off across the night sky, in a different direction - anticipating such because it seemed to be a
satellite and thus in orbit around Earth (I automatically considered it 'impossible' for the object to be orbiting the Moon) - the 'star' stayed
exactly the same distance from the Moon, at exactly the same angle from the Moon, all night.
It was therefore in a geo-stationery 'orbit' around the Moon, and not in an orbital relationship with the Earth.
I travelled a distance of forty miles North from where I first saw it (at my parent's house in Northwich, Cheshire, around 5pm on 25/12) - back to my
house in South Manchester. The object was exactly where it had been, in relation to the Moon, on viewing from forty miles away.. I looked at it a
number of times during the night of 25/12, and in the early hours of 26/12 - it stayed exactly in position all night, following the Moon like a sheep
following its shepherd.
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The night of 26/12 came around, and I checked the Moon again - but the 'star/ satellite' wasn't there. Totally vanished, nowhere in sight.
I was baffled, and will be loading up the Stellarium program later (not sure if they archive previous nights) in an effort to see why the damn thing
stayed tied to the Moon's orbit, and didn't track off in a different direction as the night progressed, as would have been expected of an
Very odd. Anyone else notice this?
PS - I've put it in the Aliens/UFOs forum, as I can't see this having been a natural object - what kind of natural object would tie itself to the
Moon's orbit for just one night..?? Symbolically perhaps, it appeared on Christmas Day night, in the year during which so many people expected
'something' to happen. Maybe 'someone' wanted us to know that yes, more revelations & 'signs in the heavens' are to follow, but perhaps not those
things that were expected???
PPS - I tried taking photos, but they didn't come out, because my camera is cheap & rubbish, so apologies but no images will be forthcoming (from me
at least - I will search to see if anyone caught this on film, and will post images if they are available..)
PPPS - I thought about contacting the British Space Agency to check whether they had an explanation. In fact - I will do just that, as well as
contacting the British Air Force. Will post updates as they come.
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