Brown/Orange light observed moving rapidly

Date: 28/04/2017
Time: 09:20 pm
Place: Robertson
Submitted by: Wayne Bayman


My friend and I were doing deep sky astrophotography from his backyard when we both noticed and brown/orange light from underneath Jupiter (roughly between +20 and +30 degrees high and 50 degrees east) it took about 3 seconds to travel in a straight line in a westerly direction towards Procyon before we lost sight of it due to obstructions. There was no tail like in a meteorite and no flashing lights like a plane. In fact we observed about a dozen of airplanes traveling from the east towards Cape Town. It moved much slower than a meteorite and much much faster than any airplane or satellite we have ever observed.
We are both amateur astronomers of intermediate experience. Neither of us have an explanation for this. The best we have is that it might have been an asteroid in deep space that didn’t enter our atmosphere, however both of us think that the object was emitting its own light. No sound was heard and no trailing was seen. The viewing conditions were clear and dark.
Sadly we didn’t have our binoculars with us nor could we slew our telescopes to it.
We saw a number of meteors coming from the nearby Scorpiids shower over 27, 28 and 29 April and this was not one of those.

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