can anyone here possibly explain what i witnessed last night?
>looking out window the way i do every night
>notice unusually bright constant white light in the night sky
>immediately assume its an aircraft flying at very high altitude
>dont think much of it and continue doing what ever i was doing
>3 hours later
>lookout window again
>light is still present within my feild of veiw but has obviously moved to the right and up a little
>still didnt think much of it
>watch it for a good 30 mins watching its movement
>it continues its movement to the north east in aspect to my window
now im definitely not an expert on aviation but the possibility it was a plan has to be very unlikely due to the small distance it traveled in such a long period of time and the size of the light in relation to the stars it passed by
im located in Central New York. i know Fort Drum is north of me but i rarely see anything from there pass by my house maybe a helicopter every once in a while in the summer but nothing in the winter. as for the direction it was in aspect to the earth it would be going south while either gaining altitude making it seem to rise or it traveled south west getting closer to me
Was there anything to suggest it wasn't a star? If you saw it change slightly after a few hours, it makes sense it was a star. If you saw it in the South, that's where Sirius, is, the brightest in the sky.
everything about it made it seem like a star except it was unusual bright compared to the stars near it and like i said when i started to watch it it was very clearly visibly moving in relation to the stars around it but at a very slow pace but not so slow that its unnoticeable
im not sure on what stars are what from my viewpoint out of my window. if it wasn't cloudy i could take a picture out of it right now to show you the stars that i can see ill keep checking to see if it clears
Here's what you will see. I marked Orion's belt. Use that as an arrow to find Sirius. You can notice in this program how brighter Sirius will appear compared to other stars. It is honestly surprisingly bright, nearly as bright as Venus which gets mistaken as a UFO.
the clouds have cleared but im a dumb ass and thought i would be able to photograph the stars that are present. one noticeable star formation that could be used to locate the spot i saw it is there is a very uniform line of 3 stars al perfectly together in a straight line, surly that must be some type of constellation no? also it is worth noting that the unusually bright light light that was present that night is no longer in view in the area in which i preciously saw it so i doubt its a star but then again what do i know
Yeah, the red arrow is next to the 3 stars. Pic related.
That will always point to Sirius, the brightest star in your sky. If you're sure what you saw isn't Sirius, compare it to the others. If it's not them, then I guess you saw a UFO.
i appreciate you trying to figure this out with me. im obviously skeptical on it being a UFO but i will defiantly be paying more attention to the constellation and familiarizing myself with the stars around me in case something similar should happen again
Cool, and no problem.
If you ever see another unexplained light, take note of the time, go to this site:
set your location (important, top right) and look for visible satellites. Compare them to the location you saw them in, bla bla.
Honestly, everything you've said so faf points to it being the ISS. If you want more confirmation there's probably some kind of tracker online where you can check the position of it and determine if it would be visible from where you live.