The wires running across the sky have confused sky watchers in some parts of the United States, likely due to SpaceX’s Starlink satellite, launched Tuesday.
On Wednesday night, people took to Twitter to ask if anyone saw what looked like a light in the sky. The tweets came from areas such as Pasadena, Leemore and San Bernardino in California, and Glendale and Tucson in Arizona.
SpaceX launched 60 satellites from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday using a Falcon 9 rocket.The company has brought more than 1,400 satellites that have sent internet signals into orbit so far and hope to transmit up to 12,000.
One Twitter user wrote: “I don̵7;t know what we just saw in Pasadena right now, but it’s a slow moving light trail in the sky that lasts for minutes.”
Another person in Leemore said: “Now I know I am not the only one FREAKIN sees the long lines of light in the sky that slow down.”
A woman shared a video of the phenomenon on Facebook, where one was heard asking, “What is it?”
She wrote: “9:00 p.m. Wednesday night, sitting outside in the backyard in Glendale and looking up into the sky and seeing this unbelievable light show moving across the sky like a huge Christmas. [light emoji] Fly northwest for about 30 minutes and then disappear!
“OK, please tell us what it is ?? !! OhMyGosh is so freaky!”
AZ Family, an Arizona-based broadcaster, reported a large audience, including some from San Diego, contacted them Wednesday to report seeing a dozen lights in the sky around 9 p.m., KOLD News 13 reported in Likewise, people contacted the station too, some fearing that they had seen aliens.
This isn’t the first time that a SpaceX rocket might have baffled people. The sightings came after a mysterious object was reported to have arrived in Seattle on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, the National Weather Service Seattle tweeted a sighting likely related to the launch of the SpaceX Starlink satellite.
Newsweek Has contacted SpaceX and the National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. To ask for comment
Aaron Boley, an associate professor of astronomy at the University of British Columbia, told City News the light was a Starlink satellite.
“The initial operating phase was linear to the satellites as they slowly spread out in their orbit, and they were very bright at the time for a number of reasons,” he said.
Those who want to see Starlink travel across the sky can use the website. Findstarlink.com By typing in a zip code or coordinates, users around the world are advised when they are visible.
On its website, SpaceX said it was working with experts to reduce the brightness of the satellites and aim to make them invisible to the naked eye a week after launch. Once launched, the satellite will have a three-stage orbit, rising from 235 miles above Earth to 340 miles in the final two.