|Occurred : 10/3/2010 20:00 (Entered as : 10-03-2010 20:00)
Reported: 10/8/2010 6:06:21 PM 18:06
Location: Bloomington, IL
|Light traveling at high altitude flaring into a bright "star" then fading again
Every evening I take my dog out into the backyard and check out the stars while the dog does his business. On clear nights I try to spot satellites and track them as far as I can (a habit I had since I was a kid). On this night, I spotted what looked like a typical fuzzy blueish satellite traveling slowly accross the center of the sky from south to north. As the light headed north it grew brighter then "flared" into a very bright diamond shape for about 5 seconds. Then, the light dimmed as it traveled and returned to the fuzzy dot and continued on it's path. Theres a large, very bright star/planet in the southern sky at that time of night and I would say the brightness was the same.
I had the impression of something entering our atmosphere for a moment, then leaving on the same path since it never burned out like a shooting star. At no point did the light change speed or it's trajectory.
I would also like to mention that I saw something similar to the Bloomington report on 5/11/10. However, I thought it was closer to 10pm. I'm not sure what the person is referring to as the "right" side of the sky, but what I saw was red/orange light travelling slightly southwest direction. It was moving about the same speed of a commercial jet, however it was single bright light with no strobes that you would expect to see on a jet. There was no sound, however it came to an almost immediate stop directly above, faded, then disappeared. I would even describe the fading as if the object rose directly up as it disappeared because it grew smaller as it faded.