Friday, June 25, 2010
Location of Sighting: Mickleover, Derby, England.
Number of witnesses: 3
Number of Objects: 1
Shape of Objects: Bright white light, varying in appearance.
Brian Vike's Note (Sightings.com): In regards to this sighting report and many others I have received. Folks are going to experience many extremely bright, white light sightings over the next few days. The International Space Station (ISS) will be in constant sunlight. You can also visit http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/index.html Human Space Flight to check on your area for the ISS sightings. It is a spectacular sight to see.
This information is courtesy of Space Weather.com - For the next few days, the behemoth spacecraft will be in constant sunlight as its orbit lines up with Earth's day-night terminator. This means it will shine brightly in the night sky every single time it passes overhead. Some observers can see it 3, 4, even 5 times a night! Bill Cooke of the Marshall Space Flight Center has prepared a movie showing the simulated view from a sun-facing window on the ISS and the movie clip can be found at: http://www.spaceweather.com/ along with more detailed information.
Full Description of Event/Sighting: Incredibly we have just witnessed our third strange sighting in just 4 weeks or so. Last night (Thursday 24 June) at 23.45 my husband called me and my daughter to see a completely silent very bright white light pass across the sky, certainly below the normal flight altitudes. We all watched it for about 4 minutes travelling from the southwest to an easterly direction. My daughter watched it from upstairs through a pair of binoculars, so was able to describe it in far more detail than my husband and I who just saw a completely white, bright light.
It travelled steadily and horizontally and she described to us the way it appeared to change as it passed by. Initially it was a very bright white light, almost like the headlight of a plane, with what appeared to her to be a dark rectangular shape behind it, (slightly darker than the sky colour). She then says it seemed to become a “sombrero” hat shape, i.e. a dome of light above an elongated dish shape, curving up at either end. She cannot say whether these two shapes were separate from each other, or “attached”.
Next it seemed to become more of an oval cigar shape, and as it passed away from her she described the rear view as being a cluster of bright white lights. My husband continued watching, and about 40-45 minutes later (approximately 00.30 a.m. he saw a similar object taking the same route. Again he observed just a very bright light, completely silent. We had watched several aircraft that night, so can discount those.
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