Elon Musk‘s SpaceX recently launched 60 satellites for its Starlink project, an initiative to provide global internet coverage from space eventually involving an amazing 12,000 satellites, and Dutch astronomer and satellite tracker Marco Langbroek has recorded them passing through the night sky.
Langbroek used data from the launch and calculated the orbit of the 60 satellites, and with his camera managed to record the star-like objects passing through the night. The phenomenon was spotted just before 1:00 am in the Netherlands on May 25, when a train of Starlink satellites orbited round the Earth into the astronomer’s view. Since the satellites have just been launched, they were still in close proximity with one another, perfectly lined up in a single file. Fortunately for Langbroek, he captured the awe-inspiring event before the satellites begin drifting further and further apart with each successive orbit around our planet.
Of course, he wasn’t the only one to notice the “train.” A Dutch site dedicated to UFO sightings revealed a surge of reports the same night as many others in the country spotted the Starlink satellites shooting through the sky, with many witnesses not knowing what they were. One witness even said “Is it Russia attacking the US? Are they UFOs? Seriously, I didn’t know.” Spectators from other parts of the globe also managed to catch a glimpse of the event, with witness reports coming in from the US and Canada to the UK and even down in Australia.
The system won’t begin to provide Internet service until at least 800 satellites have entered into orbit.
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