On Saturday night, a streak of mysterious glowing objects caught people’s attention as they flew across the sky. However, these lights were identified as nearly two dozen Starlink satellites, a satellite system developed by billionaire Elon Musk’s company, SpaceX.
Late Friday night, SpaceX launched 22 satellites from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to join the thousands of other Starlink satellites in low Earth orbit. These satellites, weighing 573 pounds each and measuring nine feet long and 26 feet wide, traversed New Jersey’s night sky around 8:45 p.m. on Saturday.
Witnesses reported seeing a “strange string of lights” passing over the Atlantic Highland Marina. Many individuals took to social media to share their observations and express their awe at the sight.
To track the Starlink satellites and find out when they will be visible from a specific location, people can use a Starlink tracker website called findstarlink.com. By inputting their location, individuals can obtain information on recent passes and upcoming sightings.
According to the website, the satellites seen on Saturday were part of the Group 6-16 launch. Their visibility overhead lasted approximately four minutes, depending on local visibility conditions.
It is worth noting that the purpose of the Starlink satellite system is to provide internet access to areas of the world that currently lack connectivity. This ambitious project aims to bridge the digital divide and increase global accessibility to online resources.
The sighting of these satellites serves as a reminder of the advancements in space technology and the growing presence of satellite networks in our everyday lives.