|Occurred : 12/25/2005 21:45 (Entered as : 25.12.05 21:45)
Reported: 12/26/2005 2:50:37 AM 02:50
Location: Shaftesbury, Dorset (UK/England),
|Very bright star/light goes out in milliseconds
I was driving the short 5 mile (10 minutes) journey back to my home through very rural English countryside after a small christmas night gathering of friends and had consumed no alcoholic drink or food during this day or evening.
I have good eyesight and am an Engineer by trade who's worked in various military lighting fields with private flying experience and am an observer by nature.
Being christmas day evening the roads where very quiet with almost no traffic at all when i noticed what i assumed to be a very bright large twinkling stationary star emitting green and blue light in my 11 o`clock high position while driving.
This was the only visible light in the sky and by my judgement a very bright star compared to the normal countryside night sky we have around here but on looking around i could not see any other stars or aircraft navigation lights or anti/coll strobes to compare this Light/star with in my 180 degree arc of view
This very bright star remained visible to me for approximately two to three minutes and then completely disappeared in a millisecond as i closed distance on it
The sky was a cloudy night and my guess is with a high cloud base of 2000 feet and the wind speed at ground level almost zero
I arrived back in my driveway at home in less than two minutes after this star disappeared and the one thing that struck me as i closed my gates while gazing at the spot in the sky was how quiet everything was, no cars or people out and about, wind or weather noise's, aircraft movements or sound's in general, a very quiet evening with almost the best chance possible of not being seen, stange huh?