Sunday, April 26, 2020

Bright lights reported across the sky Sunday night and there is an explanation

If you saw a line of bright lights in the sky over the Midwest tonight (around 10:10 EDT), there is an explanation. They are part of Elon Musk’s Starlink project.  Forbes wrote an article about it a few days ago.

While many people in the Midwest reported seeing the bright lights, I even got a message (with video) from someone in the Caribbean.
Space X launched its seventh Starlink mission Wednesday, April 22, 2020 which included a payload of 60 Starlink satellites.

The project is to place around 12,000 of small satellites in orbit around the planet when the project is completed.  The satellites will be used to provide high speed internet around the globe.

There are only 420 in orbit to date.  I suspect we will have many more sightings of bright objects in the sky once the other 11,580 are placed in to orbit (approximately 350 miles above the Earth's surface).

Check out this video shot in Switzerland on April 24, 2020.  You can see the "train" of satellites crossing the sky.

Did you see the lights cross the sky?  Leave a comment and let me know.

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