JULY 19. 2018 …………ROCHESTER HILLS MICHIGAN
After studying these objects for the last 3 years, first seen in March 2015, I am finally getting good pics. Since the 4th of July fireworks season, there have been 6-10 objects visible each night in my area. I had been out, already recording several objects on this clear night with moon setting early, on the opposite side of sky from my area. I was looking to the SE, and a white star-like object was moving toward the north. Initial Az 115 deg, elv 90 deg; object moved fast past Vega (Lyra)to the north. Brightness about +2 magnitude.
The object’s apparent size a little larger than a star. Photo shows 4 white circular lights arranged in a square, its own light source, not reflecting light. Surface is reddish. Like the other objects I observed, it appears to have its own light source, is tumbling and rotating through the sky, is only about altitude 2-5 miles (supported by detail obtained with low power equipment- LEO satellites at least 50 miles up), has no solar panels, has apparent metal structure. This one gradually descends while moving north; just after Cygnus it turned to the NW and headed toward the North Star (Polaris). It took 90 seconds to go from the SE horizon to passing over my roof and disappearing from sight in the NW. Final Az 4 deg, elv 45 deg (over roof).
Again, at the end of the video I turned the infrared on/off so as to see the roof line of my building (white) for size comparison. (Turning on infrared turns video to black & white.) Not a commercial satellite; altitude to low, size and brightness too large (need binoculars to see LEO and higher satellites in my less than dark sky), moved too fast. Continued to see several others on this night, not videoed, but flashing light at them. Some respond by stopping, turning around, and even hovering nearby for extended time. Magnitude appears proportionate to velocity.
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