Jet-lagged From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 849 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 6 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4249 times:
This I will post here being forum is called m.a. and SPACE. Apologies to the Moderators if this is the wrong forum.
On 15 Nov in Ko Samui Thailand at around 9 p.m. local time I noticed a bright red light towards the east, at about 45 degrees up from the horizon. It was quite bright, reddish, and away from the recently set Sun so I thought 'neat, that must be Mars. it sure is bright here'. But is kept moving West-ish, getting slower, and then dimmer. After it was about overhead it continued to slow and dim until it was no longer visible. I was thinking it might be a satellite in orbit, but since it appeared to slow down and was not silver colour, I tend to doubt that. My only explanations is that it was some rocket launch, or perhaps a weather ballon (although I doubt why the latter would carry a steady, rust colour light).
Last night, the same thing happened again. Around 8:00 p.m. on November 16th. I first saw it maybe 60 degrees up from the horizon, and as it neared overhead it slowed, dimmed, and faded away. This time it was not at bright initially, however that could be because I did not catch site of it until later.
The Leonids are nearly here, but these things were in view for many seconds (15 to 30?) so I doubt they are the culprit. I did a little checking. The Shuttle took off yesterday but it was the wrong time and headed the wrong way, and yes a westward launch would be rare. No news is mentioned for Russian launches. I did not see reference to other recent launches.
This is a little strange! Can anyone provided a better explanation for what I saw? Thanks!
NicoEDDF From Germany, joined Jan 2008, 1051 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4019 times:
You sure it was reddish?
Just came back from Ko Chang in Thailand, near the Cambodian Border, so just across the Gulf of Thailand and I saw a white-ish movement looking westwards, 45° upwards. It moved from north to south...already thought about asking some Thai astronomic institute
GPHOTO From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 818 posts, RR: 27 Reply 2, posted (3 years 6 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4005 times:
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Quoting Jet-lagged (Thread starter): Last night, the same thing happened again. Around 8:00 p.m. on November 16th. I first saw it maybe 60 degrees up from the horizon, and as it neared overhead it slowed, dimmed, and faded away. This time it was not at bright initially, however that could be because I did not catch site of it until later.
Could be satellites. They often disappear in 'mid-air' as they enter Earths shadow. Have a look at this site, very useful:
4holer From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2844 posts, RR: 10 Reply 3, posted (3 years 6 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3938 times:
Checked Heavens-above for you on that date and see nothing.
You said it was about 9PM and the sun having set several hours earlier, that not only rules out reflections of airplanes, but most satellites as well
I'd guess, if I really had to, re-entry of something: space junk, booster, defunct satellite, etc.
Jet-lagged From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 849 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (3 years 6 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3858 times:
Thanks guys for the ideas - those in themselves are very interesting. It was definitely reddish colour. For now I'll chalk these spottings up to 'inconclusive' and lobby the missus about a future return journey for further data collection!