|Occurred : 9/30/2006 23:00 (Entered as : 09/30/06 23:00)
Reported: 10/1/2006 6:42:52 PM 18:42
Location: Las Cruces, NM
Duration:about an hour
|09/30/06 Las Cruces NM Triangle spoted under the Pleiades for 30 min
I am not an astronomer by any means, but I do know a few of the constellations and enjoy looking at them on clear evenings.
As I was sitting in my hot tub last night the sky was extremely clear. I looked up at Pleiades and then straight down to the Belt of Orion. What I saw right between the two was a giant triangle consisting of what looked like 5 stars. The thing was about 2/3 the size of the dipper [not counting the handle]. In all the years I have been looking at the stars I do not remember ever seeing a triangle in this area of the sky. I have even taken college level astronomy and no mention was ever made about this.
I can running back in the house and looked up the sky charts in the Night Watch book by Terence Dickinson. No triangle is suppossed to be there. There are 3 star triangles in other areas of the sky but no 5 star triangle under the Pleiades. What made it even stranger is that as the earth rotated, the triangle did not match the speed and location of the other stars. Sometimes it looked to be out in front of the Pleiades, and sometimes in line with it. Then again sometimes it appeared to be moving straight and other times tilted upwards.
The sky was very clear and maybe this thing is supposed to be there but it is a first for me.
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