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jes9285
2008-Jan-03, 11:15 PM
I was looking up at the sky at about 530 am new years morning and to my amazment I saw a bright white light brighter than mars moving across the sky going south to north. It completely traversed the whole sky at a great speed way faster than You see high flying jets go. It never dimmed at all and it was easy to tell it was high in the upper atmosphere or on the edge. Any idea what it could have been?

BISMARCK
2008-Jan-03, 11:25 PM
Sounds like a meteor.

jes9285
2008-Jan-03, 11:31 PM
sounds like yes but it never dimmed left no trail and went slower than any meteor that i ever saw. a little faster than a high flying jet. and again traversed from horizon to horizon. maybe i dont know enough about it

Swift
2008-Jan-03, 11:38 PM
Might have been a satellite. Check out heavens-above.com (http://www.heavens-above.com/); you can enter your coordinates on Earth and the time and it can tell you what satellites were going by overhead and how bright they would be.

antoniseb
2008-Jan-04, 12:46 AM
I saw a bright white light brighter than mars moving across the sky going south to north.

If it was truly North South, than I'd guess it is a satellite, but the fact that it is very bright suggests it might have been the ISS. But since you didn't say where you were, there's no way for us to verify it.

KaiYeves
2008-Jan-04, 12:49 AM
If it was truly North South, than I'd guess it is a satellite, but the fact that it is very bright suggests it might have been the ISS. But since you didn't say where you were, there's no way for us to verify it.
This month, boyslife.com has a link to a site where you can find out when ISS will fly overhead.

jes9285
2008-Jan-04, 05:37 AM
florida panhandle

NEOWatcher
2008-Jan-04, 12:46 PM
florida panhandle
Here you go (http://www.heavens-above.com/allsats.asp?lat=30.33495&lng=-86.00098&alt=0&loc=panhandle&TZ=EST&Date=39448.4791666667&Mag=4.5&AM=T)...
If it could have been 6:30 or you're not on EST, you had an excellent pass of ISS.

Vaelroth
2008-Jan-04, 04:12 PM
The Florida Panhandle is in CST if you're far enough west. I used to live there, so I think NeoWatcher has your answer.

aurora
2008-Jan-04, 07:37 PM
So you saw the ISS! Cool!

Casus_belli
2008-Jan-04, 07:44 PM
The link that Neowatcher provided is excellent for satellites. I use heavens above every night Im observing just in case I can see the ISS or an iridium flare

Ross PK81
2008-Jan-04, 10:18 PM
Me and my friends seen something nearly exactly the same a long time ago.

Not sure if it was high up in the atmosphere, but we saw this bright light which was very far off in the distance in the sky. And it traveled from the right of us, right round to the left of us where the moon was.

Whatever it was it must have been going really really fast.

KaiYeves
2008-Jan-04, 11:05 PM
I have a list of all ISS flyovers this week, but so far, every morning has been cloudy!

jes9285
2008-Jan-04, 11:53 PM
yea im central time im in the western panhandle of florida thats pretty cool if thats what it was 630 est is 530 central so it must have been that