What did I just see, guys?

  1. Hello, everyone! Merely an hour ago (at 1:25 +11 GMT to be precise) I saw something in the pictures of the night sky that I took using my camera, using 15, 30 and 60 seconds exposure. (Some time passed between shots) The object that caught my eye is a purple-violet oval, or a thing that is moving above the central building in the middle.


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    ---- 15 seconds exposure (camera slid a bit)

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    ---- 30 seconds exposure

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    ---- 60 seconds

    I have to note, that I couldn't find the object in the sky with my binoculars, or see it with an unaided eye - It's onl seen in the pictures. Could it be something unknown, or just a simple reflection of light that got in camera?

    By the way, the camera was facing West
     
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  3. Drakkith

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    It's probably just an issue with light reflecting off the optics in a particular way, but I really can't say.
     
  4. Borg

    Borg 1,235
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    The images website is blocked where I'm at but, I'll take a guess and suggest that it might be a satellite. Take a look at this site to see what might have passed by your area recently - http://www.heavens-above.com. My first thought would be an Iridium satellite. They can be very bright but they only last a few seconds.
     
  5. Borek

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    Looks to me like a reflection, satellites look completely different.
     
  6. jtbell

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    In the last two pictures, the elongated blob is oriented at different angles from the vertical, but in both cases it's perpendicular to a line that runs radially from the very bright light to the left. Therefore I also think it's an internal reflection in the lens. The purple color probably comes from coatings on the lens affecting different wavelengths differently.
     
  7. I guess you guys are right, this is a reflection. Thanks for your help! :D
     
  8. Borg

    Borg 1,235
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    I can see it now from home. Yeah, that doesn't look like a satellite.
     
  9. Borek

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  10. Dotini

    Dotini 758
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    The sensitivity to infrared on a camera may be superior to the human eye.
     
  11. Generally digital color cameras are equipped with IR/UV cut filters for a host of different reasons. Their sensitivity to IR light should be zero.
     
  12. LCKurtz

    LCKurtz 8,391
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    Being in the right place at the right time, I was able to get a clearer picture with my ultra high resolution camera:

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