UPDATE, 8:15 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12: Did you see that string of lights over Fort Collins on Sunday night? The Space X Starlink satellites were apparently seen over the sky yet again.
This Starlink tracker website says there will be two more good opportunities to see the satellites this week in Fort Collins: around 6:04 p.m. Wednesday and 6:14 p.m. Thursday. We'll see if the weather cooperates.
ORIGINAL STORY: Some people describe it as a string of lights in the sky or a slow-moving sky train.
On Sunday night, you might have seen such a formation in the skies over Fort Collins.
Are these intergalactic visitors or something more ... down to Earth?
If you were anxious about their origin, just know that the sighting followed the launch of Space X's 53rd Starlink mission on Sunday morning, when 53 internet satellites left Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Each satellite launch of the #Starlink constellation of #SpaceX is visible as a “train” as they reach their final orbit. It is spectacular, and that is why it is a serious problem for astronomy. via @javyfeu #VideoCiencia S. Bath pic.twitter.com/nSUSaYSQf4
— Sara (@PeronaSara) May 2, 2021
The satellites provide Starlink internet service, and after launch they appear as a bright string of lights in the sky.
A Starlink tracking website shows they would have been visible over Fort Collins starting about 9:44 p.m. Sunday. That site says they may be visible again on July 28, about 9:41 p.m.
Sunday's launch marks SpaceX's 33rd overall mission of the year.
The 52nd mission launched Friday night from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, when 46 Starlink satellites were sent into orbit. Those satellites were also seen over Colorado.
You can see a schedule of future Spacelink launches here.
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