On Saturday night, a line of bright, white lights moving across the sky in New Jersey caught the attention of many. However, contrary to some speculations on social media, these lights were not UFOs but a fleet of SpaceX Starlink satellites. Starlink is a satellite internet constellation operated by Elon Musk’s aerospace company, SpaceX.
Clear skies on that night allowed for a clear view of the satellite constellation at around 9:00 p.m. Numerous videos posted on social media showcased a string of white lights hovering in the sky. The satellites had been launched into orbit by the Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Friday at 11:38 p.m.
This particular Falcon 9 booster had made its fifth launch, having previously carried NASA’s sixth crewed flight to the International Space Station, the SES O3b mPOWER constellation of commercial satellites, as well as three Starlink missions. The ultimate goal of the Starlink project is to provide internet access to underserved regions around the world. Currently, there are already hundreds of these satellites in low Earth orbit.
As SpaceX continues to expand its Starlink constellation, more people may witness these breathtaking displays of synchronized satellites in the night sky.