hello everyone. i am hoping someone on this forum might have an answer for me because i have yet to find any explanation as to what i am seeing. i learned people have been seeing these for at least a couple years now based on the dates of some youtube videos i watched.
for the past few nights, just after sun down, i noticed two very bright "stars," the first one in the west and the second in the east/northeast. i am observing these objects from the central united states. these objects appear very bright in the sky and twinkle, however, they are different from other stars in that they emanate all sorts of colors including red, blue, green and white as i have seen through my cheap binoculars. also, they appear to change shape at times, but that part is debatable, as i could be experiencing the effects of failing vision.
the first "star" appears in the western skies after sunset and is visible in the sky for about an hour and a half until it sets. shortly after the western object sets, another one becomes visible in the east/northeastern sky. the two objects are seemingly identical. two nights ago, i used stellarium to try and identify the object in the east/northeastern sky and thought i had positively identified it as a very bright star, capella, located in the constellation auriga. however, i searched for images of capella on google and found it to look nothing like the object(s) in question. i also ruled it out as being jupiter because i could clearly see it south of the questionable object. i even proved to myself it was not jupiter by identifying the planet with my binoculars (even saw the planet's moons) and also confirmed its location via stellarium.
i searched youtube to see if others have seen these objects and found quite a few videos. the people who uploaded videos are just as perplexed as i am as to what it is. this video is a very good match as to what i am seeing.
i look forward to seeing what responses i get about these mystery objects. perhaps they are a type of star or other celestial body i am not familiar with, but, it would appear that google sky and stellarium are also not familiar with them, either.
thanks for reading!