Author Topic: What Would A Pulsing Light Near Deneb Be?  (Read 199 times)

Demetrius Bryan

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What Would A Pulsing Light Near Deneb Be?
« on: December 28, 2017, 11:11:37 AM »
I pulled out my little used 10 inch dob last night on a whim. I did not even put my Telrad on since I was just planning to scan the sky for a little while. I pointed it to near vertical since at that position the eyepieces is about at eye level and the Milky Way was visible overhead. Before I even focused I saw a pulse of light, then 7 seconds later, another (now in focus) and it continued for the entire 40 minutes I was out.

It did not appear to be moving, at first. Every few minutes I'd have to nudge the scope to get it centered again. At one point I went into the house to get binoculars an another time to get my tablet with Stellarium, and the object was still visible when I returned. As my eyes adjusted to the dark I could see that the object was moving, extremely slowly, against the faint background stars.

It's location was just below a line from Vega to Deneb, toward the Deneb end. I put it at 80 to 85 degrees azimuth in the northwest sky around 9 to 9:30 EDT. My location is at 42 north.

I'm guessing a revolving satellite but that is just a guess.



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Re: What Would A Pulsing Light Near Deneb Be?
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2017, 03:59:25 PM »
Balloon.

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Re: What Would A Pulsing Light Near Deneb Be?
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2018, 09:13:48 AM »
Satellite . I've seen them before. Kinda weird at first then I got used to them.

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Re: What Would A Pulsing Light Near Deneb Be?
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2018, 05:38:49 PM »
The aliens were like, look at this guy just staring into a tube. Maybe we should find a different planet...

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Re: What Would A Pulsing Light Near Deneb Be?
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2018, 01:44:58 AM »
Odd. He said it was visible for around 40 minutes between Vega and Deneb.

The wind in NY was really moving last night, both on the surface and at altitude. Any balloon would have moved briskly across the sky, unless it was super high above the winds. No way it could have lingered in the same patch of sky for that long. Also, any satellite would remain in the same patch of sky for 40 minutes would need to be in a really high orbit--tens of thousands of kilometers high.

GPS satellites would be high enough to move that slowly. Are they visible in a scope? Do they flash?

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Re: What Would A Pulsing Light Near Deneb Be?
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2018, 07:33:28 AM »
Whatever the true nature of the object in question it was definitely not celestial in nature. Nothing of that sort behaves in such a manner. Likewise, it is highly unlikely to be any sort of earth satellite given its ultra-slow motion against the stars. Even GPS satellites move faster than seems to have been reported here...and there isn't much in high inclination orbits above them one might chance upon seeing.

In my mind this tends to leave only an object (typically a balloon) within the Earth's atmosphere as a reasonably likely candidate, although the very slow and particularly direction of motion it exhibited might be a bit difficult to reconcile with winds typical found at or above 75,000 feet.

Just how bright would you say the flashes were?

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Re: What Would A Pulsing Light Near Deneb Be?
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2018, 07:17:14 AM »
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I pulled out my little used 10 inch dob last night on a whim. I did not even put my Telrad on since I was just planning to scan the sky for a little while. I pointed it to near vertical since at that position the eyepieces is about at eye level and the Milky Way was visible overhead. Before I even focused I saw a pulse of light, then 7 seconds later, another (now in focus) and it continued for the entire 40 minutes I was out.

It did not appear to be moving, at first. Every few minutes I'd have to nudge the scope to get it centered again. At one point I went into the house to get binoculars an another time to get my tablet with Stellarium, and the object was still visible when I returned. As my eyes adjusted to the dark I could see that the object was moving, extremely slowly, against the faint background stars.

It's location was just below a line from Vega to Deneb, toward the Deneb end. I put it at 80 to 85 degrees azimuth in the northwest sky around 9 to 9:30 EDT. My location is at 42 north.

I'm guessing a revolving satellite but that is just a guess.

Two possibilities. Either an Epsilon Eridanian Deep Space Marauder or a bit of high altitude orbit irregular space junk flashing as a high albedo feature momentarily caught sunlight.

Best,

Jim

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Re: What Would A Pulsing Light Near Deneb Be?
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2018, 10:24:06 AM »
I'm not able to describe the brightness only to say it was brighter than the background stars. I was using a 10 inch F/5 with a 35mm eyepiece. It was also not consistent. Always pulsed on the count of 7 but occasionally it was slightly dimmer. Next time I'll look at a know star and compare the brightness.

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Re: What Would A Pulsing Light Near Deneb Be?
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2018, 12:54:11 AM »
We have a UFO here, we can't identify it, the U in UFO...
A geostationary sattelite  would probably be moving slower, and in general don't pulse. Tumbling sattelites have a more subtle pulse, which is also at regular periods.
What is being described here is some sort of tiny aircraft or high altitude spacecraft, and should probably be reported to both official NASA/air force and UFO channels.
This is very interesting. Skeptics will be skeptical for skepticism's sake.
I am more open minded, I used to be an "open minded skeptic", but then I had some experiences which made me no longer a skeptic.

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Re: What Would A Pulsing Light Near Deneb Be?
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2018, 03:41:21 AM »
Don't geostationary GPS satellites stay fixed in place? And they are stationed along the celestial equator, are they not? So, the angle would seem wrong. I like Jim's suggestion of a rotating piece of space junk. Otherwise, a high-altitude, near-stationary light-emitting bug.

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Re: What Would A Pulsing Light Near Deneb Be?
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2018, 10:25:33 PM »
I think space junk is the best explanation. It would be very difficult to find again as it was drifting and only visible 1/7th of the time.

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Re: What Would A Pulsing Light Near Deneb Be?
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2018, 10:41:49 AM »
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Don't geostationary GPS satellites stay fixed in place? And they are stationed along the celestial equator, are they not? So, the angle would seem wrong. I like Jim's suggestion of a rotating piece of space junk. Otherwise, a high-altitude, near-stationary light-emitting bug.

GPS satellites are not geostationary.

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Re: What Would A Pulsing Light Near Deneb Be?
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2018, 08:56:43 PM »
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Don't geostationary GPS satellites stay fixed in place? And they are stationed along the celestial equator, are they not? So, the angle would seem wrong. I like Jim's suggestion of a rotating piece of space junk. Otherwise, a high-altitude, near-stationary light-emitting bug.

GPS satellites are not geostationary.
GPS BeiDou satellites are

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Re: What Would A Pulsing Light Near Deneb Be?
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2018, 01:50:40 AM »
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Don't geostationary GPS satellites stay fixed in place? And they are stationed along the celestial equator, are they not? So, the angle would seem wrong. I like Jim's suggestion of a rotating piece of space junk. Otherwise, a high-altitude, near-stationary light-emitting bug.

GPS satellites are not geostationary.
GPS BeiDou satellites are
Doesn't look like they would be visible over North America though.

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Re: What Would A Pulsing Light Near Deneb Be?
« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2018, 05:50:08 AM »
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Don't geostationary GPS satellites stay fixed in place? And they are stationed along the celestial equator, are they not? So, the angle would seem wrong. I like Jim's suggestion of a rotating piece of space junk. Otherwise, a high-altitude, near-stationary light-emitting bug.

GPS satellites are not geostationary.
GPS BeiDou satellites are[/quote]
Doesn't look like they would be visible over North America though.[/quote]
Never suggested that OM, only a fix to the "are not geostationary" part