Re: I saw a plane or ufo???? observation

From: George Roberts (gr@gr5.org)
Date: Sun Aug 22 2010 - 03:37:51 UTC

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    I think you saw one of these lantern things.  They are becoming more popular 
    the world over:
    
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcGP0hdq13w
    
    - George Roberts
    http://gr5.org
    
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    From: "Michael Boschat" <aa063@chebucto.ns.ca>
    Sent: Saturday, August 21, 2010 8:56 PM
    To: "Observers, Satellite" <SeeSat-L@satobs.org>
    Subject: I saw a plane or ufo???? observation
    
    > Hi all:
    >
    >  Yeahhhhhhhhh..... this is interesting. I had my 6" Maksutov out to look
    > at the Moon and was working at 60x. Now the weird part. I looked up and 
    > saw a
    > red light which I thought was a satellite moving just a bit slower than 
    > ISS
    > passes. What caught my attention was that there were NO green or white
    > flashing
    > lights, the red light was steady. I tried following the object with the 
    > Mak.
    > and saw no green or white flashing lights, the red "light" was steady
    > and it was
    > like a comet and coma, a point source with 2 faint reddish jets to
    > either side.
    > Now, I did have to focus the scope and the object just missed passing over 
    > the
    > Moon near 2356 UT by about 1/4 degree. I just could see a silouette of
    > the object but not get a real good determination as to shape.
    >
    >  But, I'm just puzzled that there was no normal aircraft lights noted.
    >
    > Date: August 21/22
    >
    > Time: 2355-2359 UT
    >
    > Place: Halifax,Nova Scotia
    >
    > Lat: N44d 39'
    >
    > Long: W63d 36'
    >
    > Object first seen overhead just pass Vega. It color was red and no
    > other aircraft lights seen,no sound either. Estimated mag naked eye
    > close to Vega (0 Mv).Missed Moon near 2356 UT. In scope it was just a 
    > steady
    > reddish point of light and probaly cast it's glow as there were 2
    > faint reddish
    > jet like protuberances on each side. It faded out about 3-5 degrees below 
    > the
    > Moon. Speed was a little less than ISS passes. And I had to re-focus on it
    > so the Moon *was* out-of-focus.
    >
    >  My unusal observation... I guess...I'll assume it *was a plane but not to 
    > see
    > the regular FLASHING red,green,white is what caught my eye.
    >
    >  Any ideas?
    >
    >
    >
    > Clear skies
    > ----------
    > Michael Boschat
    > Halifax Center - Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
    > Astronomy page:  http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/~aa063
    >
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