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whats this ?

Unread post by didgmaster » Thu May 23, 2019 9:33 pm

seen this at 4:20 wed morning it stood out that much i seen it as soon as i opened my front door it never moved but looked like it was pulsing ?
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Unread post by bassplyr » Thu May 23, 2019 9:54 pm

First of all thank you for getting pics of what you saw.

You said it was pulsing. Pulsing like slowly but rhythmically alternating between dim and bright in intensity, or was it fast pulsing almost like it was scintillating?

From the horizon how high in the sky was it. Fairly low? Overhead?

You said it never moved. How long did you observe it for? A few seconds? minutes? A half hour or more? If it was more than a half hour, did it stay in place fixed while other celestial objects like the moon or stars continued to move?

Did it simply vanish or did it wink out, zip off eventually in a flicker of psuedomotion. Or did you have to continue on with your morning and abandon observing it?

What colour was it to your eye? Often cameras dont do justice to what you are seeing or get the colours right.

How far away was it? Relatively close like within a few kilometres? Several kilometres away? Or too difficult to tell?

Where roughly were you when you saw this?

Near any airports or military instillation?

Sorry for the million questions but, if answered, they all help in deciphering as to what you saw along with serving as an avenue for others to continue the conversation about your sighting.

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Re: whats this ?

Unread post by bassplyr » Thu May 23, 2019 9:54 pm

First of all thank you for getting pics of what you saw.

You said it was pulsing. Pulsing like slowly but rhythmically alternating between dim and bright in intensity, or was it fast pulsing almost like it was scintillating?

From the horizon how high in the sky was it. Fairly low? Overhead?

You said it never moved. How long did you observe it for? A few seconds? minutes? A half hour or more? If it was more than a half hour, did it stay in place fixed while other celestial objects like the moon or stars continued to move?

Did it simply vanish or did it wink out, zip off eventually in a flicker of psuedomotion. Or did you have to continue on with your morning and abandon observing it?

What colour was it to your eye? Often cameras dont do justice to what you are seeing or get the colours right.

How far away was it? Relatively close like within a few kilometres? Several kilometres away? Or too difficult to tell?

Where roughly were you when you saw this?

Near any airports or military instillation?

Sorry for the million questions but, if answered, they all help in deciphering as to what you saw along with serving as an avenue for others to continue the conversation about your sighting.

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Re: whats this ?

Unread post by bassplyr » Thu May 23, 2019 9:55 pm

Also sorry for the double post. Not sure what happened there...

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Re: whats this ?

Unread post by Searcher » Thu May 23, 2019 10:58 pm

G'day didgmaster,

Thanks for sharing.

To add to bassplyr's list of very relevant questions, what camera/phone were you using and why didn't you think to press the movie button instead of just taking still photos? A movie would show up the pulsing referred to and allow you to zoom in and out for a better sense of scale with the nearby landscape. Also, how big was the object when compared to the brightest star in the sky (Sirius) or the full moon?

Strange lights have a habit of showing up regularly, so are you able to check the sky on future mornings around the same time?

If you did not actually see it move, that light could be a planet. Jupiter can appear to twinkle or pulse when low in the northern sky on clear nights. If you are not familiar with astronomical objects, downloading something like Stellarium would be helpful.

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Unread post by bassplyr » Fri May 24, 2019 6:47 am

Another thing to consider is if there were any observatories around nearby. Some observatories use whats called a "guide star" to help them at nighttime. Its an artificial star created with lasers. Usually a orange red sodium colour. Military "may" use something "similar" for "other purposes". So check if there's any sort of military R&D or testing going on in the vicinity along with observatories. Guide stars and things similar can be seen clearly from several, several kilometres away and they do look like odd stars that shouldn't be there or are out of place.

Speaking of stars, it sounds cliche but Venus, Jupiter, mars and Sirius really can appear quite striking in the night sky. They are very bold and often do seem like they are objects hovering in the atmosphere.

If any bright star, or atmospheric light source such as an aircraft or even a guide star are low-ish on the horizon they will often appear to scintillate. Scintillation will give the appearance of a rapid twinkling, flashing or pulsing. Its an optical artifact of the objects light passing through multiple layers of differing air temperatures.

Video would have helped, however the object seems small and its likely that when combined with normal things such as a shakey hand and micro-vibrations from your pulse the light would have just appeared shaking and skittering around offering very little of value. So no worries there, besides if you're anything like me, im not very adroit with phones, cameras or computers, the last thing that crossed you mind was fiddling with your phones different settings. Besides, camera phones generally arent the greatest at filming much of anything at night.

Finally, Searcher gave you very good advice about "strange objects" appearing regularly. This statement is especially true. Keep an eye out for this light. Its possible you will see it again.

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Re: whats this ?

Unread post by Searcher » Fri May 24, 2019 3:22 pm

You know what…? I’ll bet Murphy’s Law will come into play. The next time didgmaster goes outside early in the morning, it will probably be completely clouded over and nothing will be visible. Unfortunately, it’s so often the way. Hope I’m totally wrong here! Would still like to hear more detail from the OP.

As for taking a video on your phone, you don’t need to be a techno-whiz to do this! When the camera app is pressed, you then have the option of selecting video. It takes less than one second! Then it's another second to press the record button! I'm fairly sure a phone was used due to the aspect ratio of the stills.

The video works with the same lens, so your wide shot and close up will be similar. Many cameras such as the iPhone have anti shake image stabilisation built in so your moving pictures remain steady and sharp. And I continue to be amazed at the abilities of modern cameras to capture images in low light.

Dion recently posted a low light Sony camera test in the Tech section of this forum. It’s really amazing and worth a look if you haven't already seen it. This new technology literally turns night into day!


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Unread post by didgmaster » Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:36 pm

Sorry for the late reply , i watched it for around 15 min, pics taken with a Samsung galaxy s6 active phone, it was pulsing seamed to get big than small, ive now seen similar object 2 more times, my neighbours, live around 1.5 ks away seen it as well, both times i seen it again it moved, first time was around 10,30 i noticed a light brighter and slightly different colour high in sky it either got big real quick or came closer, couldnt tell then got real small until it dissapeared got vid of it but its terrible it was really cold and i was shivering and couldnt hold cam still but did manage to catch it dissapear, second time was around 8 as soon as i noticed i took my ph out of my pocket and when i looked back it was gone

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