Last night I was out just observing in general with my 10×50 binoculars. I was trying out my red dot finder and found it to be extremely helpful. I looked at Jupiter, Orion, the Pleiades, Perseus, Andromeda, and Cassiopeia. Just for the fun of it, no official recording of observations. The sky was not too great in terms of transparency, about a 2-3 on the following scale. I live in a “white zone”, i.e. a place heavily impacted by light pollution. Having a street light on my property doesn’t help, either.
1 :: Mostly Cloudy
2-3 :: Hazy; 1 or 2 Little Dipper stars visible
4 :: 3-4 Little Dipper stars; Milky Way not visible
5 :: 4 Little Dipper stars; Bright parts of Milky Way visible (Scutum starcloud)
6 :: 5 Little Dipper stars; Milky Way visible with averted vision
7 :: 6 Little Dipper stars; Milky Way visible
8-9 :: Excellent: 7 Little Dipper stars; M-31 (Andromeda Galaxy) visible
10 :: Superb: M-33 (Triangulum Galaxy) and/or M-81 (Bode’s Galaxy) visible
While looking at Andromeda and Cassiopeia, I saw a rapidly moving gray object that did not have blinking lights moving from S through NW in Andromeda through the lower part of Cassiopeia around 9:18 or 9:19p. I had never seen one of these before. It was most likely a satellite.
With a little help from people in the Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomers group, I was able to access a database of satellite passes at Heavens-Above.com, but didn’t see my newfound friend.
Interesting. There were other satellites in the general area, but none that were flying from S through NW around lower Cassiopeia at that time. Maybe it was one of those satellites that aren’t on the official register, or perhaps an NSA satellite keeping an eye on us or the little green men were involved.
Probably just proof of just another space related conspiracy theory.
I’ll be wearing my tinfoil hat to work today.