Place: Lynnwood, Pretoria
Time and date: 19h57 to 19h59, 3 Jan 2013
Submitted by: Frank Ferreira
At 19h57 on 3 Jan 2013 a bright yellow dot appeared from the North, and moved in total silence and at constant speed (much faster than a low-level satellite) on a course due South-East. Elevation peaked at around 70 degrees, then lowering again as it traveled away, disappearing when my view was obstructed by some trees to the South-East.
It passed through just below Jupiter and appeared just as bright by comparison. It was much brighter than Sirius, easy to compare when it passed just above the dog- star.
Also of importance the fact that the apparent brightness did not change at all throughout the journey. (Satellites appear to change from our viewpoint depending on the critical angle of reflection of the Sun off the solar panels throughout the trajectory) This one did not. This was no aircraft, weather balloon, etc.
I’ve never seen anything like this before. 2 minutes I won’t forget in a hurry.