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Bright Flashes in the Sky Saturday Night

 
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So, I have finally had my first inexplicable observation of something that can only be described as a UFO. I have no idea what it was. Only that I have been watching the sky's for years and have never seen anything like this and am at a loss as to how to give it a conventional explanation. I am hoping that others here on the board may have seen the same thing and could collaborate what I witnessed.

I also highly suspect that the event may be one of many that have been occurring over our skies since at least last Saturday (6/9/2007).

My friends and I were camping in Jawbone Canyon,Mojave desert, nestled in the south-most portion of the Sierra's. I had brought my telescope (E.S. Astroscan, perfect for camping) and we had just finished up viewing Jupiter, Venus, Saturn and some deep sky objects when we noticed an extremely bright strobe-like flash shine for an instant on the horizon.

The first flash occured somewhere around 10:00PM and we witnessed at least two more within the next hour and a half. All coming from over the south to southwest horizon.

By 11:40 the night was beginning to truly blacken. As I was looking down towards the ground reaching for something or other, from my peripheral vision I saw what appeared to be a shooting star streak down, stop, and take off at a new angle as a red streak.

Because I was not looking directly at it I couldn't be sure. I shrugged it off and made a comment to my friends.

12:20 and the black of nigh is in full swing. Most of the glow from the Sun is long gone and the Moon won't be up for another four hours. The only competition the Milky Way has this evening is the glow from L.A. fifty miles to the southwest.

A flash of white, clear light blasts from a single source high, high, high in the northern sky. It is bright enough that anybody not facing south and looking directly at the ground would have seen it. It immediately drew the attention of all three of us.

By the time I had trained my gaze and focused on the object it was already dimming down to a halo of white light encompassing a ruby red point of light. Then from the center of this 'Mother' light, tiny specks of light began to emerge and emanate.

When they reached a circumference roughly equivalent to that of a silver dollar held at arms length, some of the 'baby' specks began to flash very brightly as well (though not red). I would say that each object only flashed once.

The 'baby' flecks then faded or moved out of sight and the 'mother' star seemed to stay in the sky but with a normal 'star like' appearance.

All three of us saw this and began discussing it as soon as it was over. The whole show could not have been longer than ten seconds. I asked my friend to dig out his digital camera in case it returned.

Using a Celestron SkyScout, I was able to determine that the star at the center of all the action was in fact Polaris.

So, today I have access to a computer again and I looked up anything that may have been similar to my experience on the MUFON website. There is an account that is VERY similar to my account (bright flash followed by specks of light) and occured in the same general area, though this particular witness claimed that the specks moved with volition.

What is interesting is that this person's sighting was on SUNDAY night. The night after my sighting.

So, given the flashes over the horizon we say, my first glimpse, our own eye witness, then another sighting that bears great similarity the next day...

Maybe this is a continuing phenomenon? I'm thinking about watching the skies again tonight. Because the objects appeared to be way outside the earth's atmosphere I'm betting people as fear east as Colorado may be able to see it.

As an eye-witness I can rule out Venus, asteroid, airplane, satellite and rocket. I'm open to any explanations.

If you are bored tonight it may be worth it to check the northern skies.
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Re: Bright Flashes in the Sky Saturday Night
Sorry for all the typos.
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Iridium Flare? They are quite bright(-8 mag) and last only seconds. Check out [link to www.heavens-above.com] for these and other Satellites
For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
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Iridium Flare? They are quite bright(-8 mag) and last only seconds. Check out [link to www.heavens-above.com] for these and other Satellites
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Thanks, I checked the link out. It was definitely bright like they describe Iridium Flares, however it sounds like iridium flares come from moving satellites and only produce one source of light (reflected off the panel).

The main object I saw was definitely stationary and it emitted other sources of light which also flashed brightly.

So, I'm thinking no on the iridium flare. But am still open o suggestions.

I really think others may have a good chance of seeing this for themselves tonight.
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Anybody else watching the sky Saturday night?
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This is the report from the other eye witness the day after my observation (from MUFON titled: Observed a swarm of objects flying from north in a southerly direction in the western sky).

Very similar to my report...

I was out walking at spproximatelt 10:10 PM on Sunday evening and stood still for a moment just outside my house tracking an object flying silently directly overhead in a westerly direction with two blinking red lights when suddenly there was a flash (similar to a huge camera flash or a stroboscopic flash) in the western sky at about 70 degrees up in the sky in my right field of vision. Immediately thereafter I observed a "swarm" - and I say "swarm" because that is the closest thing that what I saw resembled - of tiny lights moving very rapidly from the north (near where the flash in the sky had occurred) in a southerly direction. There were many tiny lights - perhaps as many as fifty or more, though I cannot say for certain how many, there were as many as the idea of a "swarm" came to my mind to describe what I saw. The lights moved in an atypical manner as compared to common aircraft in that the individual trajectories of the lights criss-crossed one another in a manner similar to living things - a moving swarm of insects, a flock of birds, or a school of fish. Though moving very rapidly, they did not appear to collide or combine with one another. The lights seemed to have volition, that is - they seemed conscious of their movement and direction. The lights were very tiny pinpricks of white light, and appeared, based on the plane that I had been observing flying overhead just prior to seeing them, to be flying at a very very high altitude. I observed them for perhaps 10 seconds as they flew in a southerly direction in general towards the bright star or planet that presently dominates the southern sky in the evening hours until they disappeared from sight - not behind an obstruction in my field of vision, but when they got too far away for me to see them any more. The line of trajectory within which I observed this swarm of lights flying was not more than one foot in the sky from the time of the flash until they disappeared from sight. There were no sounds, and to be honest, I was so shocked at what I saw, that I totally forgot the aircraft I had been observing, or what happened to that. I am sure that the pilots on that aircraft must have observed what I saw. This event occurred directly over the Monterey Bay. The weather conditions were the sky was clear and very dark with a few wisps of fog or clouds at a low level. It was cool and silent and visibility was excellent. This is what I saw in its entirety. I did not get any bad feelings from what I saw. At first when I saw the flash, I was confused, thinking perhaps a camera flash had gone off, but in a moment I realized that was not what had occurred, and that I had seen a flash in the sky. When I looked back towards where the flash had occurred, that was when I observed the swarm of lights. I never have seen anything like this before, and do not know what it was. There is plenty of military in this area and there is a NASA installation south of here near Big Sur. I would be very curious to know (probably we will never know) whether these objects or lights were observed by NASA or the Military, or if anyone else in this area observed what I saw last night.
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Must bump...

bump
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Interesting thread. I've also noticed these bright strobe-like flashes in the sky over the western great basin area. I've seen them at what appear to be very precise intervals, so I assume they're manifestations of some technology, maybe a covert weapons system.
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If you had a bright stationary satellite and wanted to hide it polaris might be the perfect spot damned
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since six day i'm constantly oberving boomerang shaped ufos over my house (looked though my telescope^...they're HUGE).

i also can see them with the unaided eye (looks like moving venuses (maybe a little bigger and brighter) ...they appear over my house, then move slowly over it and then they take off at a great speed. minimum is 3 at the same time...

to the "ufo experts" here:
does this mean anything?...i already saw them 7 times in a row.....night after night...
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OP, could you please provide a link to the MUFON reports?
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since SEVEN (sry typo) day i'm constantly oberving boomerang shaped ufos over my house (looked through my telescope...they're HUGE).

i also can see them with the unaided eye (looks like moving venuses (maybe a little bigger and brighter) ...they appear over my house, then move slowly over it and then they take off at a great speed. minimum is 3 at the same time...

to the "ufo experts" here:
does this mean anything?...i already saw them 7 times in a row.....night after night...
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Interesting thread. I've also noticed these bright strobe-like flashes in the sky over the western great basin area. I've seen them at what appear to be very precise intervals, so I assume they're manifestations of some technology, maybe a covert weapons system.
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It's funny, I thought the same thing. The impression I got from viewing this was of a satellite shooting some kind of energy projectiles. But really I have no idea.

Did what you saw emit tiny specks of light which also strobed?
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When I see the strobing effect it's almost always when it's hazy or overcase, so I've never see the source of light causing it. Of course I'm always wondering if it's just lightning, but one night it seemed to be going at intervals so I timed it with my wristwatch. Sure enough it was at precise intervals of around 12 seconds (I can't remember the exact timing this is a guess).
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OP, could you please provide a link to the MUFON reports?
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I can't get it to display the results of the query. The best I can do is provide the link to the criteria page. Choose a date range between 6/10/2007 and 6/10/2007 (so you only get one day).

There are two reports. I wrote mine before reading the other account so they are a bit different but the major details are the same (BRIGHT flash from a 'star' followed by a swarm of tiny flecks).

My account is titled:

'Star' pulses extremely bright white light, then red light, then shoots out beams.

The other similar account is:

Observed a swarm of objects flying from north in a southerly direction in the western sky

[link to www.mufon.com]
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since six day i'm constantly oberving boomerang shaped ufos over my house (looked though my telescope^...they're HUGE).

i also can see them with the unaided eye (looks like moving venuses (maybe a little bigger and brighter) ...they appear over my house, then move slowly over it and then they take off at a great speed. minimum is 3 at the same time...

to the "ufo experts" here:
does this mean anything?...i already saw them 7 times in a row.....night after night...
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Wow! I would like to see that!
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problem is:
i took photos of them...but my camera has a) not enough zoom b) i don't have a tripod for it...so the photos look blurry and and shaken.

but hey, they come every night when i'm outside (approx. 10 mins. after i went outside.)
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06/13/2007 02:06 PM
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YOU SAW SWAP GAS!!! SAY IT SWAP GAS!!!


NOW GO WATCH TV!!!!


AND STOP LOOKING UP!!!
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Re: Bright Flashes in the Sky Saturday Night
problem is:
i took photos of them...but my camera has a) not enough zoom b) i don't have a tripod for it...so the photos look blurry and and shaken.

but hey, they come every night when i'm outside (approx. 10 mins. after i went outside.)
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Come on man.... GO buy or RENT a HD camera or get a Nikon 240.


If you really see UFOs then you really need to buy a nice camera..
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06/13/2007 02:55 PM
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that satellite link was a neat one ,thanks for that
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Re: Bright Flashes in the Sky Saturday Night
bump For the Thursday crowd.

Anyone else happen to see what I saw Saturday night?
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You saw a weather balloon.

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