Date: July 4, 2008
Location: Howell, Michigan
Message: I was camping in Howell, MI July 4th weekend. From there the sky is very dark and I easily see satellites and meteors. I really enjoyed the shuttle docking with ISS last year. I could make out three bands of reflected light from ISS. Later that summer I watched the shuttle cross Ursa major. So I can say that I know that magnitudes of light from stars and various objects in the sky while at Howell.
On July 4 2008 my wife and I saw a very bright ‘star’ in the sky. She asked me about it and I said it was likely a conjunction of a plant with a star. The magnitude was greater than Venus. I thought of measuring the size of it, because it was about as big as my pinky nail held at arms length. I still think what I saw was natural, but now I am not so sure.
Looking forward to the new X-files movie.