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Cairns, 22 January 2009, 6.00pm

Cairns, 22 January 2009, 6.00pm

Could you tell me the best way to find out if anyone saw what my cousin and I saw in the sky over Cairns last night at around 6.00pm till 8.00pm?

My cousin and I were on a balcony looking at what we thought was a very bright star or perhaps a planet. We commented that we have never ever seen a star that bright in Cairns before in our entire lives living there.We were looking out to the west in the sky. It was still very good light because it was only 6-6.30pm.

My cousin said that she had also seen the same star/planet the night before (21/01/09) at about 10.00pm, but she said it was lower in the sky and it was going bright and then dull and bright and dull for about 30 minutes. She took a picture of it with her phone but it didn’t reveal much. She went to sleep not thinking too much about it.

Last night however, my cousin and I sat there from 6.30pm till about 8.00pm and watched as it got brighter and brighter. It never moved and it was very close because clouds were passing it, making it seem that it was a similar distance to what planes fly at, however there was no noise or movement what-so-ever. We noticed that when the cloud did pass the light, the light gave off a beam off light that rotated around and illuminated the surrounding cloud. We watched this till about 8pm and the light got brighter and brighter every five minutes.

We had to go and pickup our food that we ordered and we were gone from the balcony for about an hour. As we were returning home in the car, my cousin peered out the car window and said that she couldn’t see that star. I said it’s probably because we were looking in the wrong direction and we’ll see it when we get back home.

As soon as we got home we stood on the balcony and looked to where the light had been and it was gone. The light that we watched get brighter and brighter from 6.30pm till 8pm was no longer there at all when we returned an hour later.

We would like to know if anyone else may have reported seeing this same light over Cairns last night. We are looking to clarify what it was – because now we know it could definitely have not been a star or a planet.


Cairns, Queensland, Australia


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