But before you worry that the lights are a sign of an alien invasion, luckily, there is a simple explanation – these are Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites!
They form a constellation of thousands of satellites and are designed to provide low-cost broadband Internet service from a low Earth orbit.
The satellites will be visible twice this week, tonight and May 14.
Although your location changes the visibility of Starlink, most viewers in the UK should be able to see it.
Here’s an overview of the best times to see Starlink satellites this week, and how to track them in the night sky.
What time can you see the Starlink satellite display this week?
This week you will have two opportunities to view the UK’s Starlink satellites.
The satellites will be visible at:
10.59 p.m., May 12, 2020
10:36 p.m., May 14, 2020
How to Track Starlink Satellites
If you want to track satellites in real time, you can visit the Find Starlink website.
The site allows you to view the position of the satellites in real time on a map, or enter your position to see exactly when the satellites will be visible from your home.
The results are filtered based on the brightness of the satellites, so make sure you look at those listed as “Bright”.
What are Starlink satellites?
Elon Musk hopes that the satellites will bring a low-cost Internet connection to remote regions of the Earth.
Starlink explained: “With performance far exceeding that of traditional satellite Internet and an unlimited global network of terrestrial infrastructure, Starlink will provide high-speed broadband Internet access where access has been unreliable , expensive or totally unavailable. “
However, many astronomers have expressed concern that one of the satellites may pass a telescope and obscure an image.
In a recent study published in arXiv, researchers led by Stefano Gallozzi wrote: “Depending on their altitude and the reflectivity of the surface, their contribution to the luminosity of the sky is not negligible for professional observations on the ground.
“With the huge amount of about 50,000 new artificial telecommunications satellites to be launched in medium and low Earth orbit, the average density of artificial objects will be> 1 satellite for the degree of square sky; this will inevitably harm professional astronomical images. “
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