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

From: Rodney Austin (rodcomet@gmail.com)
Date: Sun Aug 22 2010 - 05:06:09 UTC

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    On Sun, Aug 22, 2010 at 5:04 PM, Rodney Austin <rodcomet@gmail.com> wrote:
    
    > They are a damned nuisance. We had a real spate of them for a while here in
    > New Zealand. UFO reports all over the place. As President of the New
    > Plymouth Astronomical Society, I kept having to field enquiries from the
    > press and radio/TV. The police and fire brigades were getting really annoyed
    > as it happened during a long hot dry spell around Chinese New Year.
    > Rod Austin
    >
    >
    >   On Sun, Aug 22, 2010 at 3:37 PM, George Roberts <gr@gr5.org> wrote:
    >
    >> 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
    >>
    >> --------------------------------------------------
    >> 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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