Sorry if this is in the wrong place or anything, but I did a quick search and didn't find anything like this.<br /><br />Anyway, on August 12th, as I'm sure many of you were, me and my younger brother were viewing the Perseid meteor shower. We only became interested in astronomy fairly recently so are still relatively inexperienced, but know some basic things (eg constellations, some stars). This was our first viewed meteor shower.<br /><br />At around 1:30am BST, we happened to notice an extremely bright star high in the night sky. It was easily brighter than anything else in the sky - Mars, Vega, Polaris - certainly brighter than all of those. It was about 2-3 degrees left of the constellation Cepheus, and what we both thought was odd was not only that we had never noticed it before, but that we were fairly sure it hadn't been there even minutes ago. We proceeded to watch it, and strangely, it began to dim slowly. Within about 15-20 seconds, it had disappeared again.<br /><br />I originally thought it could be a head-on meteor, but it lingered far too long for that. We also thought we saw it reappear after it vanished for a couple of seconds, but we could be mistaken. Any ideas? As a budding astronomer I would like to know what this could have been, as it has certainly aroused my suspicion.