Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 46 Posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1228 times:
Last night, at 7:40 PM PST, I went out to my front yard to have a cigarette. I looked up in the sky, and saw something that caught my attention. It was a single point of white light. It did not resemble a plane as there were no other (visible) lights. It was headed in a south-southeast to north-northwest trajectory. I spotted it at about -10 degrees below zenith (zenith being the point directly overhead), or about 80 degrees above the horizon, while facing east. When I first spotted it, I estimated the apparent magnitude, in astonomical terms to be about -1.5, or the brightness of Jupiter. In approximately 5-7 seconds, it faded to below visibility after covering about 20 degrees of arc.
So my question to all of you is: What was it? It was almost certainly not an aircraft. I thought about it possibly being a meteor, but it travelled too slowly.
Could it have been a reflection from a satellite in orbit?
Airsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 33
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1206 times:
The only thing THAT bright that passed over Ontario, CA yesterday between 1930 and 1950 was the ISS with a magnitude of -0.7. It was visible from 19:38,36 through 19:42,51. It travelled however SW to ENE.
Other, but much less bright, satellite passes yesterday between 1930 and 1950: