Photos provided by Betty Fuzy, Vickie Malcom, and Tina Kessler
A big stir up in the community this evening as thousands witnessed a strange string of lights moving across the sky just after 7pm. Is it aliens? Is it a meteor?
Both options are wrong. This is the work of Starlink!
SpaceX just launched the first of four planned Falcon 9 rocket launches this month, with its workhorse rocket carrying a stack of 48 Starlink satellites and two BlackSky Earth observation satellites into orbit, before sticking a booster landing at sea.
The previously-flown Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Space Launch Complex 40 here at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 6:12 p.m. EST (2312 GMT), marking this particular booster’s ninth flight.
Since this launch happened a few days ago, the satellites are still very low in orbit and have not got up to the altitude that it needs to be just yet. So they appear extremely bright in the night skies and you likely see them several times over the course of the next few days.