Stargazers treated to special man-made display - The Leamington Observer

Stargazers treated to special man-made display

Leamington Editorial 20th Apr, 2020   0

STARGAZERS are being treated to a special man-made display this week.

Wendy Lucid took this time lapse picture which shows satellites moving across the night sky over Warwickshire.

The 60 Starlink satellites were launched in March by Elon Musk’s SpaceX firm and their current orbit, around 180 miles above Earth, makes them easier to see.

They are part of the billionaire entrepreneur’s plans to eventually create a network of 12,000 satellites with the aim of improving internet coverage across the world. Space X has launched 300 to date.

The latest batch of satllites are expected to be visible for the next five nights.

Sophie Allan, from The National Space Centre in Leicester, told the BBC current good visibility was down to a combination of the batch’s low orbit, clear night skies and the angle of the satellites in relation to the sun.

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