If a satellite passed directly over you is there an effect caused by the atmosphere that would make it shoot of sideways like shooting star?

I was in the garden staring up at a clear night sky. I noticed a small dot (looked like a star) moving North. I watched it as i slowly moved north in the sky. At about 20 degrees from the horizon it shot of like a shooting star to the right and slightly up. The next night (at the same time of night) i was doing the same and in the same region of sky the dot had disappeared, I noticed what looked like a shooting star that came from the left side. Where it ended i became a dot that then traveled south in the sky overhead. I believe it was a satellite but confused by the shooting star part.


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  • 9 months ago

    I saw a UFO when I was a young girl 

    and the memory of it has not left me. 

    Like you, I tried to reason what else it could have been, but I could not. I am still curious as to how it maneuvered the way that it did, and more than that, who was at the controls. I believe that you truly did see something very special.

    • chris3 months agoReport

      i actually do think this was just a satellite and the cause of the change in direction and speed was down to a refractive effect of the atmosphere. But as no one seems to think this effect exists, it the next option is ufo either from this planet of another :/

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  • 9 months ago

    Satellites don't change a path at all. Meteorites are often deflected by the outer atmosphere, but still much follow a ballistic trajectory.

    You spot an orbiting satellite, it might resemble a very high flying aircraft until sunlight no longer hits it, then the quickly vanish from view.

    The ISS is one very easy to spot just after sunset or just before sunrise.

    If you live in latitudes below 30* , Hubble is another often spotted.

    Some few weather sats have been spotted.

    The shooting star thing happens all the time, more frequent during showers.

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    9 months ago

    What you saw was a satellite, and it appeared to change direction because of the change in angle of the reflective surface of the satellite.

    • chris3 months agoReport

      This would not account for what was observed

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  • 9 months ago

    The sky is difficult for the eye to fix upon. So it is very easy for your attention to be diverted from one object in the sky to another. This is quite common, and I have experienced it myself.

    What happens is that you are watching a satellite. Then you blink or look away momentarily. When you look up again, your eye sees either a different satellite moving in a different direction, or it sees a shooting star. The brain then interprets the two separate objects as being the same. And so you think that the satellite suddenly changed direction, or shot off somewhere.

    Magicians rely upon the same eye and brain miscoordination in order to create their illusions.

    • chris3 months agoReport

      I understand what you are saying, but i would cut my own winky off if that were the case...

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  • 9 months ago

    I saw that myself

    That was no Satelite or Shooting Star !!

    I shudder to think of what is actually was

    But I am missing a few Sheep

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