Did you catch the string of lights in Auburn the other night?

Janie Hendricks looked up and caught on her phone a string of lights that she immediately Googled to find out what the heck it was.

There are a ton of Starlink satellites that orbit Earth. That's how you have the internet. It's how France also has the internet. According to Space, on a clear night, you may be able to catch a glimpse of a few satellites as they make their way across the sky. Sometimes if you see them right after they are launched, you might see what's known as a Starlink satellite train.

As you can imagine, this string of bright lights in the sky looks very strange and that has made many people call it a UFO sighting. What's crazy is that Janie was able to catch this, because it's only visible shortly after launch! Once the satellites climb to where they orbit at 340 miles, well...they just become another dot in the sky.

Photo by Calwaen Liew on Unsplash
Photo by Calwaen Liew on Unsplash

Elon Musk's private spaceflight company SpaceX has just under 4,200 satellites in orbit, according to the article in Space. If you want to catch a Starlink train, chances are pretty good because they launch satellites multiple times a week! But they are trying to not be visible to not interfere as much with astronomical observations. Check out the chart to see if you can catch a glimpse as Janie in Auburn did! Thanks for sharing Janie!


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