The stars in the night sky in Cyprus are something to behold. If you’re on holiday in Cyprus in the spring or summer (or any time if you can stand cold nights) then put your glass down, take your shades off and move away from the bright lights and look up. It’s the stuff of dreams, music and poetry all rolled into one. Especially later in the Summer, around August time, when you can see the Milky Way and even the odd shooting star or two, you may even see the Perseid meteor shower which reaches its height around the 13th August this year.
Of course, as with any clear night, you may see a few odd, unexplained things. Rest assured most odd sightings are usually something benign, like a satellite moving slowly and silently across the night sky. I’ve seen numerous satellites and even the occasional drone, most likely from a US Navy carrier group somewhere in the Med, taking a look at nearby Syria. I’ve even seen a flying dog, which isn’t something you see every day, but you need to read the book A Pat on his Back to see what this was. But sometimes, just occasionally, you may see something that is way beyond odd and which cannot be explained away. Of these multiple sightings I’ve had, I think the weirdest thing was what I thought was a star suddenly fly away. It was very early one morning about five years ago, dawn was nowhere near breaking and my two springers, Harvey and Holly, wanted a toilet break so Harvey did his barky thing to wake me up… he still does. Anyway, out we went and looking in the direction of where dawn would eventually make its presence known, I could see what looked like a bright star low in the sky. After a while I realised it wasn’t a star, because it wasn’t twinkling. Stars twinkle when you look at them through the Earth’s atmosphere. If it’s not twinkling then it may be a planet, like Venus. So, as I watched I wondered which planet it was and made a mental note to look it up on the internet. It was at that point the planet moved. It went across the sky quite quickly, stopped and then shot up getting smaller and smaller as it did so. It was so quick from a standing start to moving that it took me a while to realise I had just seen something leaving Earth’s atmosphere, very quickly. There was no noise, no vapour trail from a rocket and no navigation lights, nothing to indicate it was anything but a planet low in our sky. Clearly, in order to move that fast, it couldn’t have been a planet. Don’t ask me what it was, I have no idea, but it certainly wasn’t something I’ve seen before, or since.
Twilight zone, here I come.
Tom Kane © 2019
Living in Cyprus has some great advantages and you can even try it for yourself at our holiday apartment, Kouklia Coastal Retreat. Close to Petra tou Romiou, the Sanctuary of Aphrodite, Paphos, the Waterpark and much more besides. A bargain self-catering cosy apartment for two at only €45 per night.
As a English expat author living in Cyprus, you may think my life revolves around cocktails by the pool. You would be wrong. In ten years on the island I’ve had my fair share of adventures and interesting experiences.
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