|Occurred : 8/11/2007 22:00 (Entered as : 08/11/07 22:00)
Reported: 9/5/2007 9:50:55 PM 21:50
Location: Gobi Desert (Mongolia),
|Bright slowly oulsing light
On recent trip to the Gobi Desert Our Driver, my nephew, and myself witnessed a very bright light at Zenith. The apparent size was perhaps 8 to 10 times larger, and its magnitude was perhaps 5 times that of than any of the stars visible in the waning twilight. It was the prospect of seeing Perseids meteors that had us sitting outside in the tourist camp near the Flaming Cliffs in the central Gobi. The character of the pulsing light seemed to be more of something tumbling out of balance, but there was no apparent movement of the object and somewhat reminiscent of a light house. The event lasted long enough that after my initial sighting was I first drew the attention of our driver who was sitting next to me to it. I was then able to call to my nephew who was inside a ger (yert) laying down to get up and come out and spot the light overhead for a short period before the light faded. I’m capable of believing this to be a satellite of some sort given the angle the suns rays would have been traveling at the time of the event, but it was just a very unusual sighting I thought worth the mention and still leaves me wondering what it was we saw.
The Perseids meteorite shower was outstanding being seen from such a place with virtually no light pollution, and a relatively high elevation. Quite a few shooting stars to make a person say, “ähhhhhhhhhhh”