Was sitting outside have a smoke, usually go out 2-3 times each evening to look at night sky. saw object moving from west to north-west, was large in the sky. looked like a large dumbbell with both ends a bright red, kinda pulsing, had black connector, pitch black. first saw it in the west moving from left to right, went into house and got my wife to come out, she took one look and said "so what, a big red thingy flying around the sky", she went back into the house. i watched for about two minutes as it moved up and down, left to right, it then just took off very fast, much faster than any jet or anything, made not a sound. it headed north-west and disappeared over the mountains, it was traveling so fast it appeared to go right through the mountain. i see many strange things in the night sky up here, mostly what look like a camera flash in the upper atmosphere, i see them quite often, sometimes just one, other time several, they are always a bright white flash, gotta look quick. one night i saw four of them, then a fifth, only the fifth one was red, the only time i ever saw a red one, they appear to be like an energy burst just outside of our atmosphere, definitely not a plane or helicopter, way to high up, maybe a ship entering or leaving hyper space or something like that.