Your eyes aren’t playing tricks, these may appear to be UFOs dancing through the sky at first glance, but rest assured, these are all known objects. Elon Musk’s 60 SpaceX Starlink satellites, launched into space earlier this year, regularly appear in a line crossing the night sky. Stargazers have been able to use apps and websites to check when they can spot the display. Read more for a video and additional information.
SpaceX has so far transported 300 satellites into space and are working towards a planned network of 12,000, with the aim of improving global internet coverage. They have been sent up in batches of 60, with the most recent launch in mid-March.
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ISS was at 48.25 [south], 81.03 [east] and 440 km altitude at the time the photo above was taken. With this information, I came to the following probable satellite ID’s (annotations in image below) for the objects in the imaged “train”: these are all objects from the 17 February 2020 launch (‘Starlink 4’),” said Marco Langbroek, Dutch satellite hunter and expert.