NUFORC Sighting 158705

Occurred: 2020-08-15 01:00 Local
Reported: 2020-08-19 07:22 Pacific
Duration: 3 hours
No of observers: 2

Location: Burnet, TX, USA

Shape: Light
Characteristics: Lights on object

Blinking lights 2x2 followed by an arc of pinpoint lights hovering high in the atmosphere.

So during a trip this weekend doing some Astrophotography out at a dark location. I was imaging M31 Andromeda Galaxy and while trying to find M31 with my naked eye I noticed a blinking light up in the sky.

Thinking it was an airplane it would move. It never moved. Thought must be a satellite still never moved. Looked through binoculars and saw the blinking lights. Then we went to the AP 130 and could see 2 x 2 lights blinking in succession followed by an arc of very small lights flashing after the 2x2 lights flashed. This was all flashing in a split second. My buddy slewed his Takahashi 106 over to it and took a photo of it. I took a photo of the computer screen of one of the pictures captured which I will include. The red is just for night viewing.

After a few hours, we could tell it was moving slowly across the sky in what seemed to be a random way. Started in the N NE in Lacerta region of the sky high above Andromeda (which was my target I was shooting). After a while it moved across meridian and then proceeded to move South over my head and finally behind me. Finally after 04:00 we went to bed still seeing it blinking further South.

Posted 2020-08-20

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