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Birmingham Chris

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  1. Thank you very much indeed, everyone, for replying. I didn't expect so many replies so quickly. As the light was bright and flickering slightly, my first thought was that it was an aeroplane's lights as it also appeared wider than a single star. ... Then I realised that it didn't seem to be moving, so that meant that it wasn't either a plane or a satellite. Yes, the Pleiades does seem to be a candidate, although my eyes could only make out about three or four that seemed to merge into one wide object. So much for my initial thought of a UFO or a plane or other man-made object. I presume that the ISS is the International Space Station - and would also assume that it would move across the sky like other satellites I've seen moving (at least until they move out of reach of the Sun's reflection). Does anyone know if it does move or if it is 'geo-stationary'? My guess at 50 degrees, by the way, was done by holding my arm up at about 45 degrees and seeing that the light was above that angle. Also, if anything, it was slightly North of North West - although my estimate of compass points is based entirely on sunrise and sunset directions. Perhaps I should dig out the old binoculars from the loft .... Thank you again everyone, and particularly Brantuk, whose second picture confirmed the likelihood of it being the Pleiades Cluster. Erokose: I didn't mention other stars as they were dim and far-between. I am now in the middle of Birmingham so can no longer see the wide expanse of the Milky way and the number of stars visible is limited. I look forward, next year, to returning to my old home of rural Herefordshire where the nearest lamppost was about six miles away. I just hope you don't all feel that I've wasted your time by what is probably such an amateur question !!!!!!!!!!!
  2. Good morning. I came to this forum as a complete amateur, aged 63, formerly living in the countryside and used to looking at the sky. However, I have just seen something that I haven't seen before. It isn't moving like an aeroplane and it isn't moving more slowly like a satellite. However, it is wider than a star and very much brighter. It is like three or four stars side by side. It is about North East and at an angle of about 50 degrees up. All the other stars are more dull. I have tried to take a photograph, but my camera isn't up to it (or perhaps I just can't find it with the camera, so will keep trying). Does anyone know what this object may be please? Unfortunately, I don't have binoculars or a telescope, just a camera. Thank you in anticipation. The sighting of the object has been there for at least the last 20 minutes. I may be a planet or just a group of bright stars, but it does seem rather odd to me. Thanks.
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