Last night, as I was sitting on the porch swing on my pizer, about 10 o'clock, leaving a message on Lou Ann's voice mail, my eye was drawn upward and I looked into the northern sky. There, above the tree tops, was a "star" that shone extra bright. I wondered if it might be an airplane or a satellite. It was not large, but extremely bright. I soon realized that it wasn't moving. Then, suddenly, as I watched, it faded and disappeared. It only lasted a few seconds, then was completely gone.
I am wondering if anyone else saw this unusual celestial display. I am almost certain it was not a flare. I have seen flares before. This object appeared suddenly, and was small and white. Also, it did not travel like a shooting star. There was no trail or tail. It looked exactly like an extremely bright star. It simply brightened, then quickly faded away.
It was very unusual.
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