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Alkmaar (Netherlands)

Sighted on Tuesday 19. May 2009
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Shape: Light | Duration: 60 seconds

Single reflecting object moving fast and changing direction. bright, fast!I live in a suburb of the city of Alkmaar in North Holland.At approximately 10:30 p.m. today, the 19th of May 2009, I was standing outside in my back garden, when I noticed a particularly bright ‘star’ moving very fast from the horizon to the southwest. It appeared to be moving in a northeast direction, but as it got overhead it performed three or four jerky manoeuvres to redirect its course to a more easterly direction.The whole event took only about 60 seconds, or perhaps less. I have seen satellites before, and I've never seen them move like this.The object appeared as a light, but more as a light reflecting off an object. The light was red/gold/silver, as if it was reflecting the sun still more than shining its own light. It was late dusk, and the brightest stars could just be seen. This thing was unmistakably bright, brighter than the lights of aeroplanes when they are high up. And the light was constant, not flashing, and was not red or green.

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