When looking at the night sky some time ago I noticed a white dot. The amount of light coming from or being bounced on that object made it the same size of a average star. But differently from a star, it moved way too quickly, like it crossed the sky in less than 2 seconds. I eliminated the possibility of satellites or space stations since that speed wouldn't be possible, and to top all that, it's movement wasn't straight or linear, it was randomly crossing the sky, stopping for a few seconds then continuing it's fast pace and crossing the sky in seconds. Is there something that might explain what I saw? It literally felt like someone was playing with a white colored laser dot on the night sky, that's how weird and fast it was

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    $\begingroup$ Do you have a recording? Do you have accurate details of time, location and position in the sky from your observation? What was the weather like? $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 7, 2022 at 9:16
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    $\begingroup$ A UFO means "unidentified flying object". Whatever it is, it is nothing to do with astronomy. Voting to close. $\endgroup$
    – ProfRob
    Commented Feb 7, 2022 at 11:28
  • $\begingroup$ Also a duplicate of astronomy.stackexchange.com/questions/22728/… $\endgroup$
    – ProfRob
    Commented Feb 7, 2022 at 11:30
  • $\begingroup$ Does this answer your question? UFO or something else? $\endgroup$
    – Rory Alsop
    Commented Feb 7, 2022 at 11:36
  • $\begingroup$ Might have been a bat or moth reflecting some light.. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 7, 2022 at 12:30

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It was likely an optical effect that you saw directly, and whatever physical object was generating the original light source it was likely not moving in the way that you observed (or potentially there were multiple objects, becoming bright in sequence - a meteor-like object that broke up before its pieces became bright enough to see might match your description). Either way, in the canonical meaning of "Unidentified Flying Object" then yes you observed a UFO - something in the sky that you could not identify.

I don't think this site could even attempty to further identify your observation without specific details of accurate time, location. A still image or video might help categorise it - even if it is a rare kind of event, astronomers spend a lot of time looking up and may have observed something similar.

It is worth checking against some lists of standard things that can get classified as UFOs: https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/space-science/10-things-we-mistake-for-ufos/ - if one seems plausible to you, try to find a video of it, see if it looks similar enough to match what you saw.


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