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Light show between 40 and 30 West

Old 21st Nov 2022, 00:42
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Originally Posted by tom775257
A few weeks ago we saw similar, but over the Balkans area. Numerous aircraft reporting the same thing to ATC, from northern Greece up to Croatia. On approach to SKG we had an extremely bright unusual fixed light in the sky (at night). Northbound we saw 3 lights moving as described, aircraft closer to it said they could see the objects above them moving in a manner aircraft aren't known to move, estimated at FL500. No idea what they were.
Viewing objects, not 'just' lights, is a step further. They move unlike aircraft with which we are familiar...are there any manoeuvres which seem to be beyond any imaginabe Earthly technology? Infeasibly abrupt changes of speed and/or direction?

In a way, these sightings fit nicely with the US Navy 'chiclet' sightings. They involve aviation professionals who are likely to be received as credible witnesses.

If the lights are from classified military activity, the UFO/UAP misidentification will be welcome.
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Old 21st Nov 2022, 01:54
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Erm- is the position given mid-Atlantic?
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Old 21st Nov 2022, 06:17
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Originally Posted by Mr Optimistic
Right to left then gone. Then another set right to left again and gone ?
Does right = south ?
Objects high enough to still be illuminated by the sun then as they track north into the earth's shadow ?
Something, well 2 groups of 3 of them, in low polar orbit ?
It would certainly would be interesting to know how long before local sunrise these observed events happened.
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Old 21st Nov 2022, 07:45
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Observed the same lights last night. Starting around 35 west and finally losing the movement and the different intensity of light at 25 west.
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Old 21st Nov 2022, 07:52
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Originally Posted by back to Boeing
Flying eastbound last night. My colleague decides to settle in for some controlled rest. So headset on and properly tune in to 123.45 and 121.50. Lots of excited chatter. Not unusual as it was “sporting” on the tracks last night.
I saw the same thing back to Boeing . Time stamp on the photos I took say 0056Z on 20/11/22 (photos are rubbish though!). We were on track Z at 39,000. Heard similar report on the radio, then started to see the lights at around 40W, they stopped around 30W. Phenomenon very similar to how you describe it. The purser thought we were losing the plot, so we asked someone on 12345 to explain what was happening!

I have no explanation either i'm afraid - Mr Optimistic 's seems the most plausible so far, but I have to say it looked very different to any other satellite ive seen whilst flying before.

​​​As John Marsh mentioned above, I did also think it was a groupthink scenario, and that my brain was matching what I was seeing to what we were hearing, but i'd like to think im quite cynical and rational, and therefore fairly sure it did happen as described!

It was mentioned on the radio that the best documented sighting of a similar event is covered in a video on US news - type "UAP racetrack" in youtube. This doesn't shed much light on matters, but is a similar account of what I saw.

Would love to hear if anyone sees it again. Heading east at 40W - look just above the horizon at midnight!
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Old 21st Nov 2022, 09:50
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Hi, sightings like this have been reported all over the globe recently, particularly over the Atlantic, the Pacific and just last week over Brazil. We've been investigating the sightings on Metabunk.com and have determined that they are mostly starlink satellites flaring. But note, its not the usual 'train' of starlink that is often seen shortly after a launch, these are deployed Starlink satellites that are in low-earth orbit and are flaring near the day/night terminator.

Hopefully these videos will explain it. back to Boeing , birdspeed and CharlieUniform does this look like what you saw....? If you have any photos or videos of the lights (with location & time) then we can probably check if flaring Starlink Satellites were visible in that area of the sky at the time.




And here's links to two threads that show our rationale;
Why "Racetrack" UFOs are mostly Starlink Flares | Metabunk
Why are Starlink "Racetrack" Flares [Mostly] Reported from Planes? | Metabunk

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Time stamp on the photos I took say 0056Z on 20/11/22 (photos are rubbish though!).
​​​​CharlieUniform any chance you could post the photos and your metadata? Are you sure that the photo timestamp was ZULU/GMT and not EST/GMT-5?

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Old 21st Nov 2022, 10:06
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Well, Mick West will deny the UAPs regardless.
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Old 21st Nov 2022, 10:11
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Maybe The Edge , but in this case he and I have investigated and demonstrated our rationale as to what the UAP was. Feel free to comment upon our methods and conclusions on Metabunk.com.
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Old 21st Nov 2022, 10:13
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Originally Posted by Flarkey
Maybe The Edge , but in this case he and I have investigated and demonstrated our rationale as to what the UAP was. Feel free to comment upon our methods and conclusions on Metabunk.com.
Thanks for the invitation, will also ask Chris Letho to participate
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Old 21st Nov 2022, 12:57
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Not sure if this has anything to do with the phenemenon discussed here, but a bright object was visible several times last week around 22:00-23:00 local time, from northeast Germany, direction SW (appr. 230 deg), at an elevation circa 40 degrees (estimated). The object did however not seem to move by any great extent. When viewed through a binocular, it appeared as an oval shape with sharp edges.
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Old 21st Nov 2022, 17:08
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Thanks ‘Flarkey’,
So it seems these sightings are the Starlink satellites. We are seeing them well over the Eastern horizon, perhaps over 1000nm ahead of us. The large number of satellites, their concentration around 53N and mixed in with some some polar orbits are then being illuminated in a fairly small area of the sky by the winter sun. Causing an illusion that they are manoeuvring around each other.

Normally, in the winter we don’t see satellites so far from sunrise. It just so happens that these satellites are particularly reflective when low in the sky and just happen to be visually seen from so far away, long before dawn.

I guess we’ll get used to seeing them all time from now on.

And being well over the horizon from the surface, you won’t observe them from the ground. Only Airline pilots will be reporting them.

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Old 21st Nov 2022, 17:53
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Originally Posted by birdspeed
And being well over the horizon from the surface, you won’t observe them from the ground. Only Airline pilots will be reporting them.
That is true for the brightest flares, but the recent UFO Flap in Porto Alegre in Brazil and the Jimmy Church video from Palmdale California shows that these can be seen from the ground. But pilots will definitely get the best view and are more likely to see them against the dark cloudless sky. And they're more likely to notice weird lights in the sky to ensure it isn't an airprox or collision risk.
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Old 21st Nov 2022, 19:46
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On the one hand Ockham’s razor probably tells me it’s these flares. But something does niggle me. Starlink have been launching for years. I have been crossing the Atlantic for years. Including during the pandemic. Why are they only massively prevelaar now. As in the last few days.
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Old 21st Nov 2022, 21:34
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‘Back to Boeing,’ 3 years ago they started launching 50 or so satellites at a time. Now there are a little less than 3000 in the 550km high orbit. So I guess we’ve now reached a time when the orbits are fairly full, so there is a constant stream of potentially visible satellites especially at 53N/S.

Also, I’ve seen somewhere that these satellites have flat bottoms so may reflect light better at shallow angles. This means that we can see them far over the horizon during the winter and not the summer as the angles don’t work to be seen. So this winter is probably the first time that it’s become so noticeable.

The polar orbital sats have been a recent addition too, adding to the display.

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Old 21st Nov 2022, 22:41
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Could be BlueWalker 3, a new huge comms satellite that was unfolded last week.

BlueWalker 3

BlueWalker 3 Sightings
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Old 21st Nov 2022, 23:23
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I think it's a hallucination caused by long-term exposure to chemtrails toxins...
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Old 22nd Nov 2022, 09:23
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Thanks for the links Flarkey . Apologies, you’re right. It’s EST, so 0556z. Location data on the photo only shows departure airport, but FR24 track log shows our location at that time as:

05:57AM 44.97 -36.01 → 74° 598kts 11887m

Thanks again for the explanation (although I was secretly hoping it involved little green men!)
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CharlieUniform Thanks for the correction. I quickly punched in your lat long and time details into in-the-sky.com and it shows that there were a bunch of satellites towards the NE at the time of your 'sighting'. The red ones in the image below are illuminated by the sun, which is directly below the horizon on your 74° heading. These are the conditions in which we understand that the Starlink flares will be observed.



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Old 22nd Nov 2022, 17:13
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Collective suggestibility? You were all listening in to the excited comments.

Were you perhaps looking too intensely at celestial objects in the dark, thus making them appear to move about?
Most definitely not! I have been flying the atlantic for 34 years and have never seen anything unusual. However on 17th Nov 2022 I was eastbound and between 40 West and 30 West I saw things I have never seen before.

There were a couple of objects moving which were clearly not aircraft and may well have been satellites. Not very unusual. However then there was a bright light similar to Venus (but not Venus which I have seen hundreds of times) but more like an aircraft head on with its landing lights on, except it suddenly went sideways at great speed for 10 seconds but then reversed its direction.

That disappeared but a few minutes later there was another not so well lit object with another similar one visible. These two then moved very fast in the same direction but not in sufficient formation to be a reflection and then one reversed direction and then after a pause the other changed its direction and followed slowly catching it up.

About this time an American accented voice on 123.45 said "Is anyone else seeing some very strange lights in the sky around 40 West?" Several other voices joined the conversation and there was then a discussion and someone suggested Elon Musk's Starling satellites. However everyone agreed they could not have changed direction like that.
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Old 22nd Nov 2022, 21:04
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Saw the same thing over Central Europe last week. Initially thought Starlink but the terminator was way too far west by then to catch them in LEO so something else. Other unusual thing was whatever was generating / reflecting the light had it’s back to the direction of the sun at the time of maximum intensity. I’ve not even seen the ISS or Venus that bright before.
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