Bright Object In Evening Sky April 19

From: Michael Calo (
Date: Wed Apr 20 2005 - 16:28:02 EDT

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    I am a complete amateur to satellite observation, but have seen a fly over
    of the space station in the mid-nineties with my naked eyes and a few others
    Last night I stepped outside at 8:45pm EDT and noticed a strange object in
    the sky near the constellation Orion. I live in North Smithfield, Rhode
    Island. The object was moving very, very slowly in a northerly direction. I
    could keep my telescope aimed at it without having to skew for a minute or
    more. After observing it for a while, I retired to the house, but came back
    out over an hour later and it was still in view, although farther north and
    closer to the horizon. It was brighter than anything else in the sky and
    appeared to be flashing/pulsating several different colors: blues, reds and
    whites. There were several aircraft near it at different times and it looked
    nothing like them. I aimed my Celestron Nexstar 80 GT telescope at it, and
    it just appeared as a bright point of light. This was at 32X with a Barlow
    lens attached. I was wondering if you had any idea what this object could
    have been?
    Latitude  Longitude  Elevation 
    North Smithfield    Rhode Island   Providence   41.967  -71.550  119 m 
    Michael Calo
    North Smithfield, RI
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