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Stunning trail of satellites spotted over Suffolk – and your chance to see them tonight

PUBLISHED: 07:47 20 April 2020 | UPDATED: 09:40 20 April 2020

The low orbiting satellites, which passed by around 9.30pm and were expected to travel back at 11pm. Picture: JOHN FITCH

The low orbiting satellites, which passed by around 9.30pm and were expected to travel back at 11pm. Picture: JOHN FITCH

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Stargazers in Suffolk were treated to a cluster of around 300 satellites known as the Starlink last night – with a further two trails expected this evening.

Did you see the stunning trail of satellites? Picture: STUART TAVENERDid you see the stunning trail of satellites? Picture: STUART TAVENER

The low orbiting satellites, also known as SpaceX, passed by at around 9.30pm and 11pm on Sunday evening with keen photographers capturing the stunning cluster around the county.

The phenomenon left many people baffled over what the brights lights could be, with many taking to social media to post images of them or wondering if they were a UFO.

Suffolk astronomer Neil Norman said: “There were about 300 up there, but there could be thousands in the future.”

Some stunning pictures of the Starlink over Suffolk last night. Picture: JOHN FITCHSome stunning pictures of the Starlink over Suffolk last night. Picture: JOHN FITCH

John Fitch spotted the Starlink over Great Cornard at around 10pm last night.

He said: “It was super clear and bright, amazing to watch. I lost count at 60.”

The Starlink satellites were launched by entrepreneur Elon Musk’s company Starlink and are being used to provide remote locations across the world with low-cast internet.

Did you see the stunning Starlink satellites over Suffolk last night? Picture: JOHN FITCHDid you see the stunning Starlink satellites over Suffolk last night? Picture: JOHN FITCH

Stargazers have said Starlink will be visible again this evening over the UK around 9pm if skies are clear.

Last night’s Starlink was confused by some people for the Lyrid meteor shower, which takes place annually and is named after the constellation Lyra – and is forecast to be visible with the naked eye from April 16 to April 25.

More: Your chance to see a stunning meteor shower this month

Stuart Tavener captured the satellites over Suffolk last night. Picture: STUART TAVENERStuart Tavener captured the satellites over Suffolk last night. Picture: STUART TAVENER

For those hoping to see the Lyrid meteor shower, the peak is expected late on Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning.
If the skies remain clear, it is possible the showers will still be visible over the next few nights.

The low orbiting satellites, which passed by around 9.30pm and were expected to travel back at 11pm. Picture: JOHN FITCHThe low orbiting satellites, which passed by around 9.30pm and were expected to travel back at 11pm. Picture: JOHN FITCH

Some stunning pictures of the Starlink over Suffolk last night. Picture: JOHN FITCHSome stunning pictures of the Starlink over Suffolk last night. Picture: JOHN FITCH

Stuart Tavener captured the satellites over Suffolk last night. Picture: STUART TAVENERStuart Tavener captured the satellites over Suffolk last night. Picture: STUART TAVENER

The Starlink satellites - known as SpaceX - were seen over Sudbury. Picture: JOHN FITCHThe Starlink satellites - known as SpaceX - were seen over Sudbury. Picture: JOHN FITCH


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