Night sky mystery: Montrose man baffled by bright white sparkling light

2010-09-20 00:00

A MONTROSE man is eager to discover exactly what the bright sparkling light is that he has been seeing in the sky.

The man, who asked not to be named, said he saw the light for the first time last week. “It was too cloudy on Wednesday night, but I saw it clearly before then.”

The man said he believes the bright white light is not a star.

“It is bigger and seems to have a red tip to it, but I was unable to keep my binoculars steady enough to see it clearly.”

He said he had never before encountered such an object when looking at the night sky and insisted it was not an aeroplane as it did not move.

The light appears in the sky at around 8 pm and 9 pm.

He thought it could be the DStv satellite, but this theory was quashed by local astronomer Jake Alletson of the Astronomical Association of South Africa, who said a stationary satellite would look just like a star.

Alletson was unable to explain what the object could be. “Venus is the bright evening star at the moment, but that would appear over Ferncliffe direction from Montrose. Mars is not so bright right now and Jupiter appears in the morning.”

The man said his wife and a friend have also seen the object and are curious to learn what it is. “It is like an aeroplane headlight, but it sparkles. If you can imagine a child’s drawing of the sun with the lines radiating out — it reminds me of that,” he said.

Have you seen the mystery object? Call 033 355 1127 or e-mail newsed@witness.co.za.

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