|Occurred : 7/11/2018 23:55 (Entered as : 7/11/20 23:55)
Reported: 7/12/2018 10:39:28 AM 10:39
Location: Owasso, OK
|Two oddly lit craft, one following the other, disappear from view on a clear cloudless night.
Saw something kinda weird last night. I really enjoy sitting on my back porch on warm clear nights and just watch the sky. To me it's much better than TV. I watch for satellites (21 last night, a record) and meteors (only two but...) I see lots of airplanes as well. Of course you can tell them by their flashing beacons, sometimes you can make out the green/red lights as well. Normally, and I mean almost always, you see one and you can watch it cross the sky until it either goes behind a tree or a house or just slowly gets dimmer and dimmer until it totally fades from view on the horizon.
It was getting late, near midnight and my eyes were getting tired but I believe that I saw what I saw. Looking to the southeast, probably forty to fifty degrees off the horizon, near the star, Altair, I noticed a sort of oddly lit plane with at least four white-ish lights flickering on and off what I would call randomly, about once per second. It was odd looking but nothing that I thought was totally out of the ordinary. The lights were not real bright but this meant to me that the object was at a very high altitude. It was moving very slightly south of due west at a speed consistent with a high altitude aircraft. Again, not real note-worthy.
But then I noticed a second identical object following the first. (If you held a ruler out at arms length then the second was about two or three inches behind the first.) Even this was not that surprising to me as I've logged a lot of hours out there skywatching and seen lots of aircraft. I assumed that if I watched long enough that I would realize that they only seemed to be in a straight line and that in time one would be headed in a slightly different direction.
What I didn't expect was for the first object to disappear. It just kind of faded away in a second or two. I kept waiting for it to reappear after I refocused (again, my eyes were tired) but no. It was gone. This got my attention. I could still see the second object for a few seconds...and then IT disappeared as well.
The entire event, from the time I noticed the first then the second object, to the time they were both gone lasted maybe 20 seconds. Not the weirdest thing I've ever seen while skywatching...but pretty close.