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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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