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October 4, 2009

An unusually bright stationary star faded from view over a period of several seconds.

Filed under: Unusual Lights in the Sky — creekriot @ 8:07 pm

10/1/09 approximately 9:28 PM CDT.

Bright star faded completely away.  i.e. I watched as a star disappeared.

Viewing From Amarillo Texas, Latitude 35 N, Longitude 102 W, Elevation 3300′
Moon nearly full, Azimuth 129, Elevation 34°

In the constellation Cassiopeia, Azimuth 30, Elevation 34, I saw a very bright, completely stationary light about the size and brightness of Jupiter (at its largest). There was no flickering or pulsating. After a few seconds, I realized that it was gradually getting dimmer.  In less than a minute it faded completely away and did not reappear.

Apparently a geostationary (geosynchronous) satellite flare?  I couldn’t find much on the web about it and so assume that it’s a fairly rare occurrence.

Please post a comment if you can help identify or if you’ve seen similar…

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