|Occurred : 8/17/2013 20:50 (Entered as : 08/17/13 20:50)
Reported: 8/17/2013 1:44:36 PM 13:44
Location: Obernheim (Germany),
|Super bright "star-like" object splits into two objects after five minutes and fades away.
49°21’57.21” N 7°34”46.51” E On the evening of 17 August 2013 at around 20:45, with the sun light still bright in the sky as we are positioned high on the latitudinal plane of the earth, I noticed what I thought was the first noticeable star in the evening sky. The light was exceptionally bright, almost too bright and somewhat large to be a star.
My daughter was playing in the yard and she seen it as well and commented on its brightness.
As I looked at it, I was contemplating on going inside to get my camera so I could zoom in on it to get a better look. Just as I was on my inside, my wife and older son rode up on their bicycles.
I pointed up to the sky to show them what I had been looking at for the past few minutes and at that same time, the brightness of the object started to fade and then the object split into two separate objects. At this time their brightness had dimed considerably, to the point they were difficult to see.
Another 30 seconds went by and the two objects had faded out of sigh! t.
The objects were seen in the northern sky, high above my head at approximately 65-70 degrees above the horizon.
The moon was bright, 30 degrees above the horizon, in the South-South-West sky. Moon Phase – Waxing Gibbous.
Temperature was approximately 65 degrees Fahrenheit. The sky was clear other than a very thin layer of cirrus clouds moving in from the west. No wind. Absolutely beautiful evening.