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Old 09-18-2011, 07:33 AM
 
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Default Bright light in the sky east of Phoenix

I woke up this morning about 6:00 am, poured my first cup of coffee and went out on my patio. I looked up in the sky and there is a very, VERY bright light in the eastern sky. It's slowly moving in a southerly direction.
Anybody else see it? What the heck is it?

Too weird.......
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Old 09-18-2011, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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You see wierd things to the east in the early morning from time to time. Usually they are later attributed to missle launches from White Sands, NM. But it could be aliens.
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Old 09-18-2011, 08:49 AM
 
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Well, I wasn't thinking little green men or anything like that. It was fairly sationary but very bright. Almost like a supernova would look. VERY bright.
It eventually split into two parts. It faded in brightness over the course of about 30 minutes and eventually went below the horizon to the southeast.
Some satellite falling from orbit? It was kind of slow for that but it could be. It didn't have a tail though. Usually something coming thru the atmosphere is going to have a tail from the heat generated from burning material.
Anyway, it was cool to watch. I was just curious if anybody else saw it.
Nothing on the news or online that I've found so far.
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Old 09-18-2011, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Gilbert, Arizona
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We also saw it this morning. I did not stay to watch and see it go away. Interesting to hear that it split apart and fell below the horizon. I hope someone comes on line and knows what it was.
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Old 09-18-2011, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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I saw it too. Didn't pay it much attention, busy driving. I just figured it was Venus. Googled Venus, apparently it was not Venus. I wonder if the news will have it.
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Old 09-18-2011, 01:36 PM
 
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It was after sunrise, a round bright object to the right of the sun, Jupiter came to mind; it disappeared about 6:30. I didn't notice that it was moving. Perhaps the position of the sun at that time made whatever it was visible.
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Old 09-18-2011, 01:44 PM
 
Location: In the Deem Hills of NW Phoenix
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It was a weather balloon that was released around 4:30 am according to Channel 3.
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Old 09-18-2011, 01:51 PM
 
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It was a weather balloon that was released around 4:30 am according to Channel 3.
Well, that could be. Must have had some kind of shiney milar film for the balloon. It was VERY reflective.
Why would it have split into two seperate pieces if it was a weather balloon? I've always seen them launch from the ground.
Perhaps I'm missing something????
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Old 09-18-2011, 02:53 PM
 
Location: In the Deem Hills of NW Phoenix
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Found this post on Weather Underground:

The National Weather Service in Phoenix received numerous questions
from the public and media today about a possible unidentified
balloon sighting near dawn in the Phoenix area. The NWS and Salt
River project did launch a routine weather balloon at about 430 am
today but it would likely have burst by 600 am and so it is doubtful
that this is what people saw.

We did discover... courtesy of one of our media partners... a possible
NASA sponsored launch of a research balloon from New Mexico. After
further research we received confirmation from the Columbia
scientific balloon facility that a launch did occur from Fort Sumner
New Mexico last night and was brought down over Arizona this
morning. So it appears likely that this may explain the sightings.

More information on the mission can be found at:
http://towerfts.Csbf.NASA.Gov/maps/convgps623n.Htm.
Real Time GPS Data.
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Old 09-18-2011, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Tempe
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There is also a satellite that is making its way back to earth and will break upon entry. It could be related to that aswell.
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