Starlink satellites spotted across California skies

By , K24 Digital
On Thu, 18 May, 2023 07:00 | < 1 min read
Starlink satellites spotted across California skies. Photo/Courtsy

Mysterious lights that prompted reports of UFO sightings in the sky over California were identified by experts as Starlink satellites.

Numerous residents of Sacramento area reported a line of bright lights in the night sky to local media outlets.

Kyle Watters, director of the Sacramento State Planetarium, said the lights had a more down-to-earth explanation -- they were from 56 Starlink satellites launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

“They eventually will end up in an orbit high enough where they’re basically invisible to the naked eye, but shortly after they’re launched, they’re kind of making their way up into higher and higher orbit,” Watters said. “And so they’re much lower down than they’ll eventually be, which means they’re close to us on the surface, which means they’re brighter.”

Watters said the satellites are particularly visible in the night sky just after sunset and just before sunrise. According to, SpaceX launched the 83rd batch of 56 Starlink internet satellites on Sunday night at 10:03 pm. The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from the Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, USA.

Starlink satellites travel across the sky and they resemble a “train of lights”. Starlink is a huge satellite system and it aims to provide everywhere on Earth with


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