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hi geko, I've been an amateur astronomer for 50 years now, and I've seen a couple of events like you described. Once my brothers and I were "camping out" in the back yard, lying on our backs, looking

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Hey Start! You say you saw this MONDAY at 255 Slovenian time. Well I happened to have seen the EXACT same thing. It was a little after 11 pm central time. (Chicago). I'm still struggling to rati

hey so it's 1am in Geneva at this moment, 5 minutes ago I went to my window and looked up as I saw it was a clear night and wanted to see the stars. as I look up I see a star looking object moving to the right not slowly but quite fast and 10 seconds or so after it starts to flicker and disappears and there's no sign of it anymore. I'm not to sure as to what this could be but I have in mind a meteorite even tho I'm not really sure how that's supposed to look like. do you know what this could've been?

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hey so it's 1am in Geneva at this moment, 5 minutes ago I went to my window and looked up as I saw it was a clear night and wanted to see the stars. as I look up I see a star looking object moving to the right not slowly but quite fast and 10 seconds or so after it starts to flicker and disappears and there's no sign of it anymore. I'm not to sure as to what this could be but I have in mind a meteorite even tho I'm not really sure how that's supposed to look like. do you know what this could've been?

....****ratis, ****rant. 

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hey so it's 1am in Geneva at this moment, 5 minutes ago I went to my window and looked up as I saw it was a clear night and wanted to see the stars. as I look up I see a star looking object moving to the right not slowly but quite fast and 10 seconds or so after it starts to flicker and disappears and there's no sign of it anymore. I'm not to sure as to what this could be but I have in mind a meteorite even tho I'm not really sure how that's supposed to look like. do you know what this could've been?

How fast is fast?

 

It could very well have been an Iridium Flare or the ISS. Both are relatively fast-moving and have a tendency to wink in and then out of visibility.

The iridium satellites have highly reflective panels that, at the right angle, will reflect the sun. They will go from invisible to brighter than Venus in just a few seconds and then fade away again.

The ISS brightens and dims as it passes out of and then back into the Earth's shadow.

Both can be tracked (even retroactively) for your location at heavens-above.com.

 

There were passes of both over Geneva on or around that time, though you'd have to be specific about exact day and time to be sure.

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How fast is fast?

 

It could very well have been an Iridium Flare or the ISS. Both are relatively fast-moving and have a tendency to wink in and then out of visibility.

The iridium satellites have highly reflective panels that, at the right angle, will reflect the sun. They will go from invisible to brighter than Venus in just a few seconds and then fade away again.

The ISS brightens and dims as it passes out of and then back into the Earth's shadow.

Both can be tracked (even retroactively) for your location at heavens-above.com.

 

There were passes of both over Geneva on or around that time, though you'd have to be specific about exact day and time to be sure.

If you look back at this thread you may feel, as I do, that "ramos" is a sock of geko, somedanceforjoy, jeremyb, photonjunky etc etc and is just jerking our chains by pumping the thread periodically with a series of almost identical posts.

 

My personal bet is that is Gaiagirl/Frank Baker, but I can't prove it.

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I was just oustide looking up at the sky and seen what i thought at the time was a disappearing star. It was a relatively bright one and as i was looking at it, it got dimmer and dimmer until it was gone. Took like 5 seconds or so to completely disappear from what i could see.

 

Star disappearring seems a little far-fetched i thought, so was thinking of ways that it could or couldnt have been but have no idea where im coming from really. How likely is it? Once in a lifetime i would imagine but dont know.

 

It wasnt the space station as that was in the sky at the same time. The star was kind of in the path of the satellite so i thought that maybe it was reflecting light off of something, and as the angles changed the light changed path and that's what i seen? No idea.

 

No clouds in the sky.

 

What do you make of it?

 

 

I have witnessed the same thing that you are describing here. I was star gazing and scanning the sky from my right to left when suddenly a star lit up real bright in the corner of my eye. It grabbed my attention rather quickly because I saw no bright star where this one was when I was looking in that direction. It got extremely bright so I thought, “what is that”, “what’s this star called”, so I reached for my phone to open an app to identify it. I was looking at the star the entire time, and as I brought my phone up, it suddenly began to fade and before I could raise my phone to see if it would tell me what it was, it just faded on out. Like it was never there. It was located just east of the ursar major constellation. I have never seen anything like it.

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