When it comes to seeing a strange string of lights in the sky, it seems we are not alone. Residents of Hanover Township, PA, were puzzled by a formation of bright blue, slow-moving lights that appeared to be connected to each other. However, these lights have been identified as satellites from the Starlink internet services program by Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
The Starlink program, which started in 2019, aims to provide global internet coverage using these satellites. During their deployment following a launch, the satellites catch sunlight, resulting in these sightings. In fact, there have been four Starlink launches just this month, with the most recent one occurring from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
To help track the Starlink satellites and predict when they will be visible, there are websites available. FindStarlink.com is one such website that notes a Starlink pass around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday over the Lehigh Valley. It also predicts another pass with good visibility around the same time on Sunday. There will be passes with lesser visibility over the next few days as well.
An engineer’s online resume on James.Darpinian.com/satellites provides animated displays of the satellites spreading out on subsequent passes. It includes local appearances at 5:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Monday, as well as 8 p.m. on Tuesday. The website also offers street views to assist stargazers in locating the satellites.
In addition to the Starlink satellites, enthusiasts can also observe the International Space Station for approximately 4 minutes around 9 p.m. on Sunday night, according to the ISS tracker on Space.com.
These sightings highlight the advancements in space technology and the efforts being made to improve global connectivity.