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CINDY DAY: Watch for this mysterious 'Elon-gated' string of lights in the night sky

If you’re lucky enough to spot the Starlink satellites, this is what you would see. Find out when the next viewing might be in your region, by clicking here: https://findstarlink.com/  
Contributed -Dr. Marco Langbroek
If you’re lucky enough to spot the Starlink satellites, this is what you would see. Find out when the next viewing might be in your region at findstarlink.com. - Contributed by Dr. Marco Langbroek

I get all sorts of interesting questions and while most pertain to the weather, not all of them do.

Early last week I got an email from Allan Penny that gave me goosebumps.

It read: “Hi Cindy, I live in the Ardoise area of Hants County. On Sunday morning around 5:45 I went outside to start my wife’s vehicle before she went to work. I looked up to the sky to check the weather as I always do. Over our house from westerly to easterly were a lot of moving lights, 30 or more at least. I called my wife out to take a look. The lights were all moving in the same direction, mostly in a single file with a couple of side by side, all about the same speed except for a slower one. As the last two passed, the back one passed the slow one. I watched through my binoculars to see there were no flashing lights, which could indicate a plane. They were travelling about the same speed as you would see a plane going over. They were all the same size as the stars in the sky. There was no sound and whatever it was seemed to be very high up. I would very much appreciate if you could shed some light on what this may have been. Thank you.”

Hmm, what would I do with that? I didn’t get around to replying that afternoon, but before the day was out, this message appeared on my Facebook page:

“Hi, Cindy. Can you tell, by your radar, what was going overhead at 5:55 Sunday morning? Or do you know anyone that could help? - Lyndon Mylin Frank

Right away, Michael Boschat came to mind. He is a member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and spends more time looking up at the sky than anyone I know, so naturally, I reached out to him. Within minutes, I saw his reply in my inbox:

Cindy, as soon as I saw “travelling in a line”, I knew what they were - the Elon Musk Starlink Satellites.

Earlier this year, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's company, SpaceX, launched 60 Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit, clinching a new title: the most satellites operated by a single company. The company’s goal is to put 12,000 satellites in orbit to offer better internet worldwide.

Not everyone is happy about this, including astronomers who claim this will destroy their astrophotography and radio astronomy.

Depending on the orbit, we occasionally get a glimpse at the starling satellites. Check out this link for more information: https://findstarlink.com/



Cindy Day is the chief meteorologist for SaltWire Network


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