Jump to content

sgl_imaging_challenge_2021_annual.thumb.jpg.3fc34f695a81b16210333189a3162ac7.jpg

Bright Flare


Recommended Posts

Anyone else see a very bright satellite flare at around 23.05 ish tonight?

It was heading roughly WNW, between the plough and leo I think.

Wasn't an iridium flare according to heavens above, and it lasted much longer, around 30 to 40 seconds. Very bright, -4 or -5 at a guess

Anyone see it or know which satellite it was?

Cheers

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Could it have been this:

Visible Pass Details

Not as bright as you're describing though, but there's very few things that bright in the sky:

- ISS - no passes at the moment

- Iridium flare - only briefly bright

- Meteors - too slow to be that

- Venus or Jupiter - too fast!

- other - chinese lantern? aircraft?

Andrew

Edited by Andrew*
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Not really adding to the discussion but I recall seeing a similar sight back in November 2009. It was mid evening and Cygnus was still fairly prominent in the West, I saw what looked to be a very bright star hanging above Deneb and moving EXTREMELY slowly, it lasted for around a minute, faded very slowly after that and moved no more than a degree or two in that time. It was bright too, must've been around -1 or -2 at peak brightness.

I still can't think what it might've been, too slow and lasted too long for an Iridium flare or any other satellite or meteor. Not a plane and was pure white in colour and distinctly different to any chinese lantern I've seen in that it was the wrong colour, didn't move and didn't flicker at all.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

That does sound very similar hypernova. This was pure white too and definitely not ISS, chinese lantern or an iridium flare. It was moving faster than the one you saw, and it was dimly visible moving afterwards.

My best guess is a chance alignment of a satellite antenna causing a very bright flare.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I don't know if it was the same object last night ( 21/5/11 ), but I saw what I assumed was a very bright Iridium flare at roughly he same time, but this was more SSW, roughly above Saturn. I thought it was an aircraft at first, it seemed to hang in the sky, but moved slowly and dimmed.

Colour was a bright white as you say Stu.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue. By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.