WRIGHT — Daily News Digital Content Editor Nick Tomecek was grilling in the driveway of his Wright home Thursday evening when he looked up and saw a string of lights moving silently across the sky.


The lights, an estimated two dozen of them, were evenly spaced and moving in a southeastward direction.


He captured about a half-dozen on video.


About 50 people responded to his Thursday evening request for more information, with some indicating the lights were most likely SpaceX Starlink Internet satellites.


Joe Morrow who lives in Ocean City also saw the lights.


"Saw those lights as well a little after 8 p.m. this evening over my house. I counted about 20 of them all in a straight line. I initially thought they might have been part of SpaceX Starlink satellites, but the last two in the train changed positions quickly which would be hard to do for a satellite Whatever they were, they were high in the sky and moving fast," Morrow said his his email.


A recent launch with 60 Starlink broadband satellites rode atop one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets, according to XXXXXXX. They took off in late April from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. The launch brings the total number of Starlink satellites in orbit to more than 400.


SpaceX launched Starlink to provide high-speed, low-latency broadband connectivity across the globe, including to locations where internet has traditionally been too expensive, unreliable, or entirely unavailable, according to the company’s website.


To track the Starlink satellites you can go to Heavens Above website.


Below is more information about Starlink from SpaceX’s website:


Satellite Visibility


Satellites are visible from the ground at sunrise or sunset. This happens because the satellites are illuminated by the sun, while people or telescopes on the ground are in the dark. These conditions only happen for a fraction of Starlink's 90-minute orbit.


This diagram highlights why satellites in orbit raise are so much brighter than the satellites that are on-station. During orbit raise, when the solar array is in open book, sunlight can reflect off of both the solar array and the body of the satellite and hit the ground. Once on-station, only certain parts of the chassis can reflect light to the ground. - SpaceX


Starlink Orbit:


Starlink has three phases of flight: (1) orbit raise, (2) parking orbit (380 km above Earth), and (3) on-station (550 km above Earth). During orbit raise the satellites use their thrusters to raise altitude over the course of a few weeks. Some of the satellites go directly to station while others pause in the parking orbit to allow the satellites to precess to a different orbital plane. Once satellites are on-station they reconfigure so the antennas face Earth and the solar array goes vertical so that it can track the Sun to maximize power generation. As a result of this maneuver, the satellites become much darker because the solar array visibility from the ground is greatly reduced. - SpaceX


Starlink Satellite


The Starlink satellite design was driven by the fact that they fly at a very low altitude compared to other communications satellites. We do this to prioritize space traffic safety and to minimize the latency of the signal between the satellite and the users who are getting internet service from it. Because of the low altitude, drag is a major factor in the design. During orbit raise, the satellites must minimize their cross-sectional area relative to the "wind," otherwise drag will cause them to fall out of orbit. High drag is a double-edged sword—it means that flying the satellites is tricky, but it also means that any satellites that are experiencing problems will de-orbit quickly and safely burn up in the atmosphere. This reduces the amount of orbital debris or "space junk" in orbit. - SpaceX


Email ntomecek@nwfdailynews.com if you have any information.


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