Starlike object moving then disappearing (not a plane)

Date: 28/04/2017
Time: 06:29 pm
Place: Eastern skies. Walmer, Port Elizabeth
Submitted by: David Kaplan

Report:

It’s a clear night with stars shining. This looked exactly like a star but was moving. It wasn’t a plane because no flashing lights higher than a plane and didn’t move like a plane. I see lots of planes because the airport is in that direction and it didn’t look like a plane. It seemed higher and had a bright starlike glow. Again it looked exactly like a star. Same brightness. It moved south east reasonably quickly and then it faded quickly too. It was strange. Hence this report.

5 thoughts on “Starlike object moving then disappearing (not a plane)

  1. Im from Mossel bay – saw it as well after 6pm. Its a satellite darling. The setting sun’s rays shines on its surface in the lower earth orbit.

    • I also saw it, infact I have a video clip. With that speed, I don’t think a setelite can move at that speed.

  2. Chris Groenewald

    We don’t believe this to be a satellite. We saw it over Cape Town skies at 21h23 on 29 April 2017. We saw it again7 minutes later and again twice in the course of approximately 15 to 20 minutes. It appears to be much bigger than a satellite.

  3. I have witnessed planes multiple times that do not appear to have the standard flashing red and green lights, but rather one single non-flashing incandescent light. When taking longer exposure photos, however, it is clear that the red and green lights are present, but due to the observational angle, the front “white” over powers the red and green.

    Was the object moving along a consistent vector? It is incredibly hard to judge height during the day, never mind during the night. Not all planes that fly above you will be landing or taking off at the nearby airport, which may explain the perceived altitude differences.

    Interesting case. I would like to see Thando’s video. Or any footage Chris might have as he had an extended viewing time.

  4. At about 2:30am Saturday 13th May 2017 I saw what I thought to be a star hanging in an easterly direction. I live in walmer heights and am also used to planes / helicopters lights flying in to land or take off. This “star” was moving left to right very slightly then up and down in the same way. I used a huge pinetree nearby to try and measure it’s movement. Finally after watching for at least 10min I went back to bed.

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