A trail of mysterious moving lights that shocked Australians have been identified as Starlink satellites launched by billionaire Elon Musk.
One man was fishing when he spotted the strange lights and asked for help in a video on Sunday.
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‘I was fishing at Huntleys Point and then I looked in the sky and I just see some like aeroplane lights,’ he said.
‘I’m not sure, but there was about 20 of them travelling in one line and it was very weird.’
But experts from the Sydney Observatory confirmed the strange lights were satellites from Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starlink program.
RECENT STARLINK LAUNCHES
January 6, 2022: 49 satellites
December 18, 2021: 52 satellites
December 2, 2021: 48 satellites
November 13, 2021: 53 satellites
September 14, 2021: 51 satellites
Astrophysicist Dr Brad Tucker from ANU told 7News the launches would become more and more common in the years ahead.
‘Instead of seeing stars everywhere, you’ll see satellites everywhere.’
Deployment of the 49 Starlink satellites on-board, which are each about the size of a table, was confirmed one hour and 20 minutes after liftoff.
Starlink is a constellation of more than 1,800 satellites that aims to provide internet access to most of the Earth, particularly underserved rural areas.
As part of its beta service, Starlink internet is already available in 23 countries around the world.
However, next-generation Starlink constellations could have a whopping 42,000 Starlink satellites in low-Earth orbit, Musk hopes.
Source: Thanks msn.com