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Thread: What the Hell was That?

  1. #1 What the Hell was That? 
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    I live out in a rural setting, away from the bright lights of Niagara Falls which is about 10 kms away. Early this morning, it's still dark and the sky is full of stars, quite clear. I look up as I usually do, just to take in the beauty of it all. As I was looking at the star field my eyes happened to catch sight of something really strange. In the middle of all these stars, pinpoints really, I notice what amounted to a perfect circle of them. I estimate about 20 stars formed this circle, at least I thought they were stars. On the circle was a vacant spot where a star should be to make the circle complete and what happened next shocked the heck out of me and I'm wondering if anyone can tell me what it might be. One of the other stars would move to fill in the vacancy and in turn its place in the circle would be filled by another star moving across or sideways. There was no pattern, just haphazard movements of points of light moving to fill in the spot on the circle vacated by a previous point of light. I stared at this for a few minutes then got in my truck and left. I stopped down the road a bit and tried to pick up the sighting again but I couldn't find it. Is there an explanation? I was stone cold sober, just had a good night's sleep. Satellite perhaps? Although what I saw appeared quite stationary.


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    hallucination


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    The Winter Circle – sometimes called the Winter Hexagon – is a big circle of bright stars on the dark dome of a winter night. At the center of the Winter Circle, you’ll find center Orion’s bright red starBetelgeuse. Rigel, Aldebaran, Capella, Procyon, Sirius, Castor and Pollux are the bright stars that make up the large, circular pattern. In 2014, the planet Jupiter is in the midst of the Winter Circle. Follow the links below to learn more about this easy-to-find star pattern.






    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...yQSgu46XXsWPrQ
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    Nothing like that Cosmic. The closest thing I can relate it to is the circle of stars that were on the first American flag, I think it was Betsy Ross' design. The sky was pretty thick with stars and I just happened to look in the right spot if you will. Was I dreaming or hallucinating as Sculptor suggested? If I held my hand at arm's length I could fit it between my thumb and index finger, about the size of a quarter. I thought satellite with some fancy lights was up there but it was too big an image. I couldn't detect anything solid, just points of light in a circle that moved around exchanging positions. Didn't hear anything either.
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    It was the changing positions thing that elicited that response.
    Sometimes, we just see things differently. Maybe it's a matter of focus, maybe air currents?

    ..............
    if i'm looking for something, and staring right at it and still not seeing it, is that an hallucination?
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    Any active skydiving groups in your area? Some of these groups do night group jumps with flares to make patterns.
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    Something acting as a "gravitational lens" with a star behind it??

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    I'm not sure what the proper scientific name or explanation would be, but I have observed some pretty strange happenings in the night sky also after almost nine years of pulling graveyard shift. Moving 'stars' or lights where there are no aircraft or satelites etc. As I recall, there may have been a temperature inversion at the time.

    My thoughts are that we experience 'mirages' in the night sky sometimes, or possibly as jrmonroe suggests. Natural forces that alter our perspective.
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    Circular and shifting places? Aircraft in a landing pattern, I suspect. Live near any airports/skydiving areas?
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    Quote Originally Posted by danhanegan View Post
    Any active skydiving groups in your area? Some of these groups do night group jumps with flares to make patterns.
    Do people skydive at 5 in the morning when its -11C? There is a club about 30 kms away.
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    Can we have a picture of it if you happen to see it again? I think it'll be a rather pretty image.
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    Fireworks ? I got nuthin
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrmonroe View Post
    Something acting as a "gravitational lens" with a star behind it??
    But shouldn't that should produce a ring of light instead of a circle of stars?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by danhanegan View Post
    Any active skydiving groups in your area? Some of these groups do night group jumps with flares to make patterns.
    Do people skydive at 5 in the morning when its -11C? There is a club about 30 kms away.
    You probably just picked up something in your vision...and whether it was real or NOT, (not scientific), what you saw was what you saw. Treasure it.....it obviously held you in awe, as double rainbows and once in a VERY great while, we get a triple......it is just awesome....and makes no sense. Sometimes in nature things the flittingly happen seem to have no rhyme or reason. Just enjoy the memory of something that was special to you......even if it cannot be explained.

    There is no gift like wonderment......and as adults, we rarely get those glimpses that we had as a child.


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