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SpaceX’s Starlink Satellites Mistook As UFOs by People

Astronomers have raised their concern over the launch of a fleet of new satellites as they would obstruct their view of the universe. While the light from these can pollute space observations, people from towns across the US state of Montana thought the light to be from an extraterrestrial source.
The ‘strange lights’ in the sky were thought to be UFOs that were supposedly invading or just visiting Earth. Local authorities had to issue statements to clear up the misunderstanding and explain that the UFOs were, in fact, satellites. The chain of satellites were also seen in other states like Illinois, Iowa, and Michigan.The chain of satellites is a part of SpaceX’s Starlink constellation that aims to provide high-speed internet access from space. The chain of satellites was launched on 11 November 2019, the second set of 60 satellites to be launched since May. SpaceX is going to deploy 12,000 satellites by mid-2020s which later can be increased to 42,000. In addition to SpaceX, OneWeb and Amazon are going to launch a network of satellites to provide better internet connectivity.
According to Gizmodo, the sightings of satellites launched in May had sparked similar UFO reports in Europe. Visible as bright streaks of light, the ‘train’ of satellites might just seem like UFOs to the common people. SpaceX responded to the concerns by suggesting a solution; to paint portions of satellites black in an effort to reduce their reflectiveness.

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