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  1. #1 My "U.F.O." Experience (Vega question) 
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    I saw a very weird object in the sky two nights ago and it had me and my girlfriend and two of my friends stumped for at least an hour. It looked like a larger than normal star with a little line smudged through it. Finally, my friend reminded me about the star finder application on my phone and I fired it up and determined it was Vega. (By the way, if you have an iPhone or the G1, you really have to try out these star finder apps... I guess they work by GPS and you point the phone at a star or a constellation and it tells you what it is.)

    My question is: Is it possible by any stretch of the imagination that the "line" we saw drawn through was the dust ring that's orbiting it? I live in Tulsa and there's a lot of light pollution here; on clear nights I can maybe see ten stars from my backyard. It was also partly cloudy. Vega was twinkling like no other star that night; it looked like someone was welding in space.


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    Given the distance of Vega I'd say not a chance.

    There was, however, a good chance that the "line" you saw was a contrail from a terrestrial jet which coincidently intersected the view of the star. I'm assuming you were viewing it through a lens of some sort. If by the naked eye, then you were seeing an optical illusion resulting from the stars magnitude/luminosity as viewed through Earths atmosphere.


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    No, it could not have been the dust ring. It is invisible even with the strongest optical telescopes. It is both too faint and too small to be detected with the eye or binoculars. So, I too suppose, it must have been something in the atmosphere.
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    I absolutely agree with SkinWalker, and Dishmaster. Most likely terrestrial in origin. Should it prove the contrail from a jet, what a chance coincidence for you?! Grab a lotto ticket before such luck ceases, bro!
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