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Line of lights just passed overhead?

  • 16-05-2021 11:24pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 6,561 ✭✭✭ JJayoo


    Just saw a line of lights passing in the sky, the area around them was lighter/brighter than the night sky and in this brighter streak there were 5/6 bright lights near the back, same appearance as typical star.

    Is there any reports of a satalite crashing back?


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  • It sounds like its Starlink




  • krissovo wrote: »
    It sounds like its Starlink

    Could be, but they were travelling very close to each other, literally on top of one another




  • I saw them as well sometime late last summer, I didn't count them, but would guess about 10 or more. They were travelling west to east direction, almost directly overhead.
    Given that there were no news bulletins of aliens or space invasions I presumed it was starlink as well.
    It'll start to look very busy up there when they get them all up.




  • Just got a GREAT view of the pass, and then the ISS shows up like the flake on a 99.


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  • Saw them aswell, another pass at 00:15 with the ISS. Starting to cloud over here in North County Dublin though.




  • wow! what a pass there following right behind the ISS




  • wow! what a pass there following right behind the ISS

    That was stunning. Just happened to be out for a late walk with the dog. Very SciFi look to it.




  • This it?




  • Still very visible tonight again, I got lucky with a clear patch overhead just now (Galway).


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  • Saw this on the 17th just after midnight in east Meath, still a little bit ‘a StarLink satellite is gonna fall out of the sky and crush me’. Absolutely amazing, can’t believe how lucky I was to see this!




  • JJayoo wrote: »
    Could be, but they were travelling very close to each other, literally on top of one another

    Yeah it was Starlink satellites. They were close together they were only launched a day or two before. They slowly drift apart over time, so the closer they are together the newer the batch.
    At the moment SpaceX are launching a new batch of 60 almost every two weeks.




  • 60 every two weeks?? :eek:

    gonna cause a lot of space junk surely?

    has there been any objections to these launches?








  • fryup wrote: »
    60 every two weeks?? :eek:

    gonna cause a lot of space junk surely?

    has there been any objections to these launches?

    Lots of objections and yes a lot of space junk. They are designed however to deorbit when their useful life is over.
    Low Earth orbit is becoming very cluttered with these new constellations, SpaceX, Oneweb, Amazon etc. Lets hope we don't make space travel through low earth orbit impossible into the future.


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