Desborough, Kettering, Northants, UK - 01 Sept, 2010
Time: 2145 to 2215
Location: South by south-east of Desborough
Message: Very large ball of orange light took off rapidly and aprox 15 degrees off vertical. At
1/5th height of the night sky it began moving in direction of Alpha
Ursae Majoris (north-west) at approx the same speed as a commercial
It seemed to flutter or vibrate as it's attitude was not constant and changed from a violent orange glow to an intense white light.
As it was moving away I could not tell if it increased speed.
I trained my high res telescope on it and saw 4 bright white lights in a diamond pattern.
The formation disappeared from view or beyond my telescopes 300x mag after 30 minutes.
I'm ex-military and have seen a lot of nations aircraft on operations. I've also spent a lot of time under the night-sky.
never seen a rocket launch and I've found out that the one taking place
tonight in Kazahkstan isn't until later... therefore, I cannot explain
what I saw.
Perhaps it was ET 'going home'.
I will look again when star-gazing and keep a camera to hand.