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    Exclamation Wow!!!!!!! What a sighting!!





    Hi all,
    Have to tell you, i got the biggest surprise just a few moments ago,
    i was out in the back garden observing Mars high up in the east by now and decided to head out front to glance at Jupiter before she tips down in the west, while in awe at Jupiter a large orange light appeared fom left of view and i got the shock of my life!
    I moved to naked eye viewing at it and it dimmed in brightness as it travelled aswell as slowing down as it got closer to ground level!
    Has anyone seen this? Or can someone shed some light on what it may possibly have been?
    It eventually faded in the distance and light disappeared before ground level!
    Have to say i loved it!!

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    Was the ISS in your area tonight?
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    Swamp gas or the planet Venus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renaldow View Post
    Swamp gas or the planet Venus.
    hahaha - Awesome!

    I'd guess the ISS.. although it's usually more white/yellow than orange.
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    The orange indicates you were looking through a fair amount of atmosphere. White lights appear orange just like the sun at the horizon.

    Most of the sightings like you describe turn out to be the landing lights of a distant plane.

    Satelites are viewed by reflected light from the sun, so I don't think that is likely based on you looking at Jupiter as it was setting. Satelites are frequently seen in the fov after dusk.

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    It could also be a fireball. Sometimes meteors can be as bright or brighter than Venus. Sometimes they even leave trails. I haven't seen them very often, but when I have the experience is one that takes your breath away.
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    Hi folks,

    ISS not over me tonight when i was out!
    I,ve seen it a few times before and it,s normally evening time after sunset!
    This to me was big looking at it with naked eye,
    any other ideas?

    Steve....

    ps. i agree with the white colour through atmospheric disturbance turning orange!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by jrkirkham View Post
    It could also be a fireball. Sometimes meteors can be as bright or brighter than Venus. Sometimes they even leave trails. I haven't seen them very often, but when I have the experience is one that takes your breath away.
    Hi Rob,
    Thanks for the reply!
    I did wonder was it a fireball!
    Maybe!!
    I read on in your post
    Comet Garradd, how,s u getting on with following it?
    I took an interest in it last week but didn,t follw up on it!

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