|Occurred : 11/1/2001 18:00 (Entered as : 11-01-01 18:00)
Reported: 11/19/2001 8:55:20 AM 08:55
Location: Newport News, VA
|Star flashing red, green and amber
Every clear night since about 11-01-01, I have seen this "star" rise underneath the constellation Casseopia (about 30 degrees under and slightly west of it). I am a am a nightly sky watcher and I suddenly noticed this new star which caught my eye due to the bright magnitude. It's brighter than any nearby stars in that part of the sky. It is white and something about it just looks different, it appears to me to be slightly flashing but totally white. When I look through the binoculars, I am definitely seeing 3 colors flashing: green, red and amber. It rises like a star throughout the evening as if it's moving with the earths rotation. I look through the binoculars at other objects that I know to be stars to see if maybe I am getting the colors through some kind of distortion but the other stars are all white. One evening, there was 2 of the objects about the same height in the sky and about 30 degrees between them. Also, always in conjunction with this star rising, I see lots of little white flashes flickering here and there in the vicinity of the star. One night, there were 8 flashes that all went off pretty much simultaneously, like flashbulbs popping but not with that amount of brightness, and it was almost like they were communicating. One other interesting point, I looked up in my star maps and there is no star of that magnitude located underneath Casseopia. I know stars twinkle but they don't change colors. I don't know what to make of this and think that I can't be the only person seeing this. Hopefully, someone else will write in and confirm my sighting.
((NUFORC Note: Object may be the star, "Sirius." PD))