It’s been a couple days since SpaceX sent its first 60 Starlink satellites into orbit and the skywatching has begun.
A video captured by Dr. Marco Langbroek, who runs the StatTrack Cam Leiden Blog, shows the satellites all lined up as they sail through the sky. It looks like some kind of high-tech conga line, or an unintelligible string of Morse code.
Whatever it is you see when you look at this, we should all be able to agree that it’s an unusual sight to behold in the night sky.
Langbroek points out in his accompanying blog post that the lineup you see here isn’t a permanent arrangement.
“Over the coming days the ‘train’ of objects will be making 2-3 passes each night,” he writes. “As they are actively manoeuvering with their ion thrusters, they will be more spread out with each pass, so the ‘train’ will probably quickly dissipate.” Read more…
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