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Mojo13
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Good afternoon board. There was a strange light over Christiansted on Tuesday night. I will attempt to describe it to the best of my ability and see what people think. We were at the Harbor Master at the Hotel on the Cay enjoying the fire breathing/glass walking show. At approximately 9:05 there was a bright flickering yellow light moving from north to south (possibly from NE to SW) that was visible for about 3-5 minutes. It was significantly larger and brighter than the stars, maybe a quarter the size of the moon. If faded once it was past Christiansted.

I initially thought it may have been the ISS, but after consulting Swan's thread, apparently the ISS will not be making and appearance until Friday. Incidentally, I have never seen the Space Station, but this had more of the appearance of a ball of fire than a satellite.

I am curious what those with more experience with these sort of things think.

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Topic starter Posted : February 26, 2014 6:07 pm
speee1dy
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could have been a car on the bypass? or a car somewhere driving in and out up and down?

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Posted : February 26, 2014 6:11 pm
Rowdy802
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I know there was a meteor sighting on Tuesday the 18th in PR and DR... I saw the video... but that was last week...

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Posted : February 26, 2014 6:21 pm
swans
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G'afternoon Mojo,

Your sighting sounds very interesting, but it wasn't ISS. ISS passed over the Virgin Islands last Tuesday at 7:59pm-8:00pm - less than a 1 minute run @14 degrees over the horizon and traveled from the NNW to the NNW. I don't post short sighting opportunities because it becomes much too difficult to even find ISS in the night sky. Tuesday nights pass would have nearly disappeared before it arrived. Keep in mind that ISS will not be flickering. It appears as a solid, bright light.

I would be only guessing as to what you saw last Tuesday evening, but Iridium satellites are visible and some display an Iridium flare.

I hope the sky is clear this Friday night so that you can see ISS: she is a 'show-off!" 🙂

Swan

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Posted : February 26, 2014 6:28 pm
JulieKay
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I can tell you from personal knowledge that there are many, many American military sightings that are mistaken for UFOs. I have no idea what you saw specifically, though.

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Posted : February 26, 2014 8:16 pm
loucypher
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I can tell you from personal knowledge that there are many, many American military sightings that are mistaken for UFOs. I have no idea what you saw specifically, though.

Maybe it was a D.E.A. copter.

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Posted : February 26, 2014 8:57 pm
Bombi
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Flying Spaghetti Monster ? Perhaps?

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Posted : February 26, 2014 10:53 pm
LiquidFluoride
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Flying Spaghetti Monster ? Perhaps?

thats my vote

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Posted : February 27, 2014 1:25 am
AandA2VI
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G'afternoon Mojo,

Your sighting sounds very interesting, but it wasn't ISS. ISS passed over the Virgin Islands last Tuesday at 7:59pm-8:00pm - less than a 1 minute run @14 degrees over the horizon and traveled from the NNW to the NNW. I don't post short sighting opportunities because it becomes much too difficult to even find ISS in the night sky. Tuesday nights pass would have nearly disappeared before it arrived. Keep in mind that ISS will not be flickering. It appears as a solid, bright light.

I would be only guessing as to what you saw last Tuesday evening, but Iridium satellites are visible and some display an Iridium flare.

I hope the sky is clear this Friday night so that you can see ISS: she is a 'show-off!" 🙂

Swan

I would love to see it. Wheres your post that tells the details for Friday? Thanks!

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Posted : February 27, 2014 1:41 am
swans
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G'afternoon Mojo,

Your sighting sounds very interesting, but it wasn't ISS. ISS passed over the Virgin Islands last Tuesday at 7:59pm-8:00pm - less than a 1 minute run @14 degrees over the horizon and traveled from the NNW to the NNW. I don't post short sighting opportunities because it becomes much too difficult to even find ISS in the night sky. Tuesday nights pass would have nearly disappeared before it arrived. Keep in mind that ISS will not be flickering. It appears as a solid, bright light.

I would be only guessing as to what you saw last Tuesday evening, but Iridium satellites are visible and some display an Iridium flare.

I hope the sky is clear this Friday night so that you can see ISS: she is a 'show-off!" 🙂

Swan

I would love to see it. Wheres your post that tells the details for Friday? Thanks!

The information for the ISS sighting this Friday evening is posted under "Under a Coconut Tree." The thread is titled as "ISS (International Space Station) Sightings over the Virgin Islands."

Enjoy!
Swan

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Posted : February 27, 2014 1:53 am
loucypher
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Flying Spaghetti Monster ? Perhaps?

thats my vote

Maybe it was Beelzebub.

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Posted : February 27, 2014 1:51 pm
ar098
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I saw something like this a few months ago, except it was only about 3-5 seconds.

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Posted : March 2, 2014 3:13 am
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