I'm relatively new to the forums but I thought I'd share with you what I and several other friends all saw last night at our camping trip out to the countryside.
It was around 1am near the village of Condover, Shropshire. Many people had gone to bed, so it was just a small group of 5-6 of us. I was observing the stars as it was a very nice clea night. All of a sudden my eyes were drawn to a brighter, moving light which was moving in the sky behind the high branches of a tree next to us. I waited until the light moved into the expanse of clear sky before alerting the group. It was brighter and nearer than any star, and of course was moving at speed. It was silent. As we watched it move across the entire night sky, people speculated that it was probbably a satellite however they soon doubted this theory as the object managed to come into our vision, clear the entirety of the sky above us and dissapear into the horizon within a matter of around 20-30 seconds. My peers also stated that they had never seen a satellite so bright or large. It also seemed strange as the object seemed to almost slowly curve in the direction it was taking starting at 45 degrees and ended up moving at 270 degrees. ( sorry for the bad directional measurements, it's not a strong point, these are based on 0 degrees being the direction I was facing at first sighting.)
A few quick questions before I jump to conclusions, as I would love for this to have been a UFO sighting, I am aware that there are things to be taken into account:
1. Can satellites in orbit move this fast and seem this close? (I know it's hard to imagine without a picture but to try and help here, the ball of light was a significant blob in the sky, much too large to be a low flying crafts light)
2. Is there a reliable way to track satellites in the area to determine if this was the case at the time?
3. Any other possible explanations?
Thank you for your time.
Edited by rcarp89, 10 June 2012 - 09:02 PM.