Tue. Sep 26th, 2023
Trail of Lights in Victoria Likely Part of Starlink Internet Network

Some residents of Victoria noticed a trail of lights moving across the night sky on Thursday evening. These lights are believed to be part of the Starlink internet network, which consists of thousands of satellites orbiting the Earth at a low altitude.

According to satellite tracking website Find Starlink, a string of Starlink satellites was highly visible over Victoria at around 9 p.m. on Thursday. Similar lights are expected to be seen again around 9:06 p.m. on Friday.

SpaceX, the parent company of Starlink, recently launched dozens of satellites into low-Earth orbit. On September 8, 22 satellites were launched, followed by another 21 satellites on September 11. This is part of SpaceX’s plan to launch over 10,000 Starlink satellites to create a satellite internet constellation.

The sightings of these satellites over Vancouver Island are not new. Over the past two years, they have been seen multiple times. However, not everyone is thrilled about their presence. Some scientists consider the satellites to be a form of pollution that interferes with their observations of the night sky. Despite this, satellites have also sparked curiosity and increased interest in astronomy.

As the Starlink network continues to expand, it is likely that more sightings of these lights will occur in the future.