Question for sky watchers

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  1. jonzer

    jonzer Friend of Leo's

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    Around 4:00 AM on the East Coast I'm outside with my dog and I'm looking at the sky. It's a clear night and I'm hoping to see some shooting stars. The sky is clear and the stars are out. Something blinks and disappears. I can't see it when it's not blinking. It gives out one slow blink every 38 seconds (I counted).

    What was it? Was it the space station? A satellite? A really slow airplane? I don't believe in UFOs so I'm not going for that theory.

    I'm always curious about the stars and planets and what I'm seeing. I'm out of my depth with constellations and stuff like that.
     
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    I have an app on my iPhone called Sky Guide. You may find it helpful.
     
  3. Guitarteach

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    Def. sounds like aliens!

    The space statio is usually obvious but steady if it can catch the sun just after dark or just before sunrise. There are plenty of trackers that let you see exactly where it is. You can plan to see it usually. Got a 2 - 3 minute window but it goes round once every 45 or so.

    +1 on a phone or iPad app. They tell you what you are looking at if you hold the up to the sky using their motion sensors.

    Plane tracking apps also let you zoom in an identify commercial aircraft - give route, speed, etc.
     
  4. clintj

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    Could be a slowly rotating high orbit satellite reflecting sunlight. The ISS, and most low orbit satellites, are easily seen near sunrise if they catch the sun right. They also are really moving along - they appear to travel much faster than an airliner from ground.
     
  5. jonzer

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    I haven't seen the ISS yet, even when I was told where it would be.

    I do have an app for this kind of stuff on my phone but it's very confusing. I had one on my last phone where you pointed it at the sky. On this new one (Sky Map) it's like nothing changes, no matter what direction I point. I can't figure it out.
    I'm gonna get rid of it and try another.
     
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    in late august early september we go through the Perseid Meteor Shower this year it peaked on August 13, there are al lot of residual goodies up there that bounce off of our atmosphere and do not fall to earth, this is dependent on angle of trajectory, kind of like a flat rock bouncing off of the surface of a lake, did you know the Earth is the only planet that has a garbage dump circling it, of items that were made by a sentient being?
     
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    Did you know that Mars is totally inhabited by robots?

    I have the Sky Guide app too and you can set it to alert you when the ISS, or other satellites are in view.

    I have friends on the North Shore where there is very little light pollution and they regularly see the ISS. I was there once and they said "oh, there's the ISS", pointing in the sky. I said "no way" and she pulled out her iPad with the Sky Guide app, and there it was racing across the night.
     
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    Check to see if it is following the movement of the stars. My guess is it is a slowly rotating satellite. I can see many more satellites now than ever before. I can see ISS up here pretty easily for the last few years especially when the shuttle was docked. At dusk, with binoculars, it is easy to see the solar arrays on it.
     
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    Satellites don't blink, they don't have lights on them.


    As for the ISS, it's around the brightness of Venus, you can see it pretty much anywhere!
     
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    I have an app called Star Chart on my Android based phone. It's awesome. It works day or night.
     
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    Hard to say exactly. It's steady pulsating light from where you were would seem to rule out sun reflecting from a space vehicle. It most certainly had to be generated from the source of the entity...Whatever it was.

    I do believe in UFO's since there is so much probability to the possibility (think in terms of quantum physics).

    Probably not a UFO though. It was a weather balloon with a locator beacon.
     
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    I have star walk. Great id of all
     
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    I would bet it was a flare. Which is the sun reflecting off a satellite. The first time I saw one I thought it was a star burning out. It got real bright and then went black. Just before sunrise when its still dark out is the best time to see them.
     
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    It was a weather balloon......... wink wink:D
     
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    NANO BOTS, better call Georgio from ancient aliens !!!!
     
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    I use 3 programs , Celestia, Starry Nights, Stellarium to map out what is happening in the void above us, also did you know the Moon is the largest moon in relation to it's host planet in our solar system? 1/4 the size
     
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