During the summer meteor showers a few years ago, my partner Stan* invited me join him in our backyard to watch the shooting stars. Stan enjoys laying on the cool grass. But me? I like to wrap myself up in a floral quilt, which I keep specifically for outside uses, such as star-gazing.

Starry Night by Ashwin Kumar, Bangalore, India, Coorg Night Sky, CC BY-SA 2.0, from wikimedia commonsStarry Night by Ashwin Kumar, Bangalore, India, Coorg Night Sky, CC BY-SA 2.0, from wikimedia commons

It didn’t take very long to glimpse what appeared like a spark almost directly above us. We simultaneously yelled excitedly and pointed, “There!”

Stan figured, “What we saw would be the result of a meteor falling directly toward earth. That’s why we couldn’t see a tail.”

I listened eagerly. I loved how he explained science to me, since it’s something I didn’t get very much of, before my escape to freedom from the Watchtower religion.

A few minutes later we saw another meteor streak with a short tail in the sky — just for a second — then it was gone.

Hey, Why are Those Stars Moving?

We have a phone line coming into our house through the back yard. I watched three stars — which kind of lined up with the wire — twinkling almost directly overhead. Through the course of our viewing time, which might have been about a half hour, I observed the middle star move from it’s original spot along the wire, in a gradual kind of way. The movement might have gone unnoticed, if it weren’t for the wire as my marker. I concentrated on the lineup of stars and began to notice that the middle star in the group was moving ever so slightly away from the wire. By the end of our viewing time it had moved enough toward the east, resulting in the three stars creating the shape of a triangle.

Fascinated, I pointed the stars out to Stan. We watched silently for a few minutes and then we stared at each other wide-eyed, wondering if our eyes were playing tricks on us — or what?

Flashback! It’s 2003!

Some might say we witnessed a spaceship. The moving light in the night sky reminded me of another time back in 2003. I witnessed what could have been spaceships when I temporarily lived with my friend Lillia, while in transition just before moving to British Columbia. My friend woke me up one dark, wintry night to proclaim, “Some bright lights outside in the sky woke me up. Come quick and look outside my window. I hope they’re still there!”

Groggy, I wiped the sleep from my eyes, grabbed my bathrobe, and followed her into the next bedroom to see what I was supposed to see.

She led me to the window and pointed, “There! To the east! “See those two bright lights in the sky, above the neighboring apartments!”

Indeed, two bright stationary lights appeared in the eastern sky. They were way too big and bright for stars. In fact, they were so bright, they looked more like floodlights in the night sky. Suddenly, we observed some movement between the two lights. We witnessed what could only be explained as “people-like” walking across the space between the two bright lights, as if being transported from one ship to the second one.

“Do you think they’re spaceships?” she queried, pensively.

“I didn’t know spaceships existed,” I responded, now wide-eyed. We stared transfixed at the unusual sight for about ten minutes, amazed at what we were observing.

Then I awoke from my flashback. Really, Stan and I were still star-gazing, but our attention was drawn away from shooting stars to the now-triangulated stars aligned to the wire.

Flashback! 1990s Trip to Acropolis in Athens

Athens Acropolis by night Sound and Light ShowAthens Acropolis by night, even more exciting than star-gazing? Photo scanned from flyer in my album.

Back in 1990, I won a fabulous trip for two to anywhere in the world — and I elected to visit Athens, Greece. Besides the flight for two, I received a cash award. With that extra money, I was able to book a hotel, and several tour packages. Included in one such package was a Sound and Light Show from the Pnyx Hill, opposite the Acropolis. Guests were seated at an outdoor theater and were presented with an enactment of a battle against the mountainous backdrop. This battle, it was explained, took place when the Turks invaded Athens at an earlier time in history.

I remember thinking that the light show was presented so realistically that it frightened me. If governments wished to deceive their populations, they might with a little effort and preparation, present folks with a sound and light show of any kind, depending on what they wished folks to believe. Depending on the agenda and the gullibility of folks to believe everything with which they are presented, the possibilities are endless. Especially now that we have the technology right at our fingertips.

I’m easily distracted away from star-gazing, yes?

Athens Sound and Light ShowAthens Sound and Light Show from the Pnyx Hill, opposite the Acropolis, enacting a battle when the Turks invaded Athens. Very realistic! Image scanned from flyer in my album.

Mysteries of Star-Gazing to Remain a Mystery

Now, watching stars from our back lawn, my partner began to feel damp, so I offered to share my quilt. But then we noticed the sky was gradually becoming overcast, so we decided to call it an evening and go inside, leaving the star-gazing mystery up in the dark skies above. As I stated earlier, Stan and I are convinced that star-gazing is way better entertainment than TV or internet!

While my star-gazing adventure for the evening concluded, I still don’t know if spaceships exist. But at the very least, I figured someone out there might like us to believe in the phenomenon. I suspect that’s the mysterious part of my investigative nature peeking out at the universe — and wanting answers.

* Not his real name. He is privacy-conscious.

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