|Occurred : 4/26/2005 20:30 (Entered as : 20:30)
Reported: 4/26/2005 7:28:32 PM 19:28
Location: Lewiston, ME
|I witnessed this event this evening, 4/26/05 but your form would not let me enter today's date.
I believe what I witnessed was a satellite but I'll enter it here and let you be the judge. I was sitting in my hottub in the back yard looking up at the Eastern sky when very suddenly a bright light appeared out of nowhere. It appeared to be quite high (like a star) was traveling slowly, in a straight line, from North to South, and passed, from my perspective, just below the tail of the Big Dipper.
It was dim at first, just a dim star-like dot, then suddenly and very briefly (1-3 seconds) became very bright - brighter than the brightest planet in the sky. Then it dimmed and disappeared from view.
My theory is that it was a satellite that perhaps reflected some sunlight briefly. It did not zig or zag or change directions. I often see satellites in the night sky from our back yard, traveling in straight lines, but this kind of "flash" is unusual, so figured I'd report it. I enjoy your site. Thanks for your honest and serious attempt to investigate these phenomenon.
((NUFORC Note: Probably Iridium satellite #29 or 95, we suspect. Schedule from <www.heavens-above.com> for Iridium flares appears below. PD))
26 Apr 03:40:48 -4 48° 262° (W ) 13.9 km (W) -8 Iridium 42
26 Apr 20:28:44 -0 61° 92° (E ) 33.2 km (E) -8 Iridium 29
26 Apr 20:33:40 -9 64° 94° (E ) 1.1 km (W) -9 Iridium 95
26 Apr 22:03:50 -7 31° 60° (ENE) 8.9 km (E) -7 Iridium 34