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A long string of bright lights in the sky.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by We Never Know, May 6, 2021.

  1. We Never Know

    We Never Know Well-Known Member

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    I saw these tonight. A whole bunch of bright lights heading across the sky.
    The first set were from the southwest heading northeast. I counted 72 of them.
    The second set was from the northwest heading southeast. I counted 41 of them.
    They were uniform and in a straight line. It looked wild!!!

    They are from space X. Its called starlink and has something to do with broadband and GPS according to the local news.

    It’s happened again, people in southwest U.S. report strange lights in the sky | WANE 15
     
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  2. JustGeorge

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    I saw those last year. Weird, weren't they.
     
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    I didn't see them last year. But my question is how many rocket's would it take to launch over 100 satellites in the air? And simultaneously at that.
    I saw over 100 tonight. Over 70 in the first group and over 40 in the second group.
     
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    sun rise "This is the Hour of God"
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  5. We Never Know

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    I was reading this from January as you posted...

    A new world record has been set for the number of satellites sent to space on a single rocket.

    The 143 payloads, of all shapes and sizes, rode to orbit on a SpaceX Falcon rocket that launched out of Florida.

    The number beats the previous record of 104 satellites carried aloft by an Indian vehicle in 2017.


    https://www-bbc-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-55775977.amp?amp_js_v=a6&amp_gsa=1&usqp=mq331AQHKAFQArABIA==#aoh=16203614059700&csi=1&referrer=https://www.google.com&amp_tf=From %1$s&ampshare=https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-55775977
     
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  6. Twilight Hue

    Twilight Hue The gentle embrace of twilight has become my guide

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    I can just imagine, with all the satellites, crafts, and other tech, as to how crowded it's getting up there in orbit.
     
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    This was over 2 years ago...

    There are estimated to be over 128 million pieces of debris smaller than 1 cm (0.39 in) as of January 2019. There are approximately 900,000 pieces from one to ten cm. The current count of large debris (defined as 10 cm across or larger) is 34,000.
     
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    And a lot of trash that needs collecting.
     
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    We trash the earth. Why would we treat space any different.
     
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    :(
     
  11. Twilight Hue

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    I think most are put into a decaying orbit where any defunct space equipment is burned up in re entry and plunged into remote places like the ocean.

    I can just see, based on what is up there now, how it will one day create a real issue over the centuries to come.

    Just a few years back the count was at a staggering 500,000 pieces orbiting our planet.

    Space junk is a huge problem—and it’s only getting bigger
     
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    :shrug::cry:
     
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    Lol, I clicked the link and saw that I don't have access to the page because of my location, and yet the page says:
    "Our European visitors are important to us."
     
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    Me too, so despite the rhetoric it seems we are just not important enough.

    The point is they do not have to conform to EU regulations. To conform they must not misuse or sell your data collected from the server.

    However if you see the message then the server has already collected a lot of info about you.

    It seems they have no problem misusing this data because they have made a feeble attempt to block you from the site.
     
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    Here's the article .. And @ChristineM

    "From Las Vegas to Los Angeles last night, people were looking up and seeing a strange string of lights moving quickly across the sky.

    It turns out it was caused by the same thing that’s caused millions of people around the world to think they are seeing something from another world coming to Earth.

    The real answer to what it was is much less dramatic. The “lights” in the sky were SpaceX Starlink satellites launched and placed into orbit to provide internet to underserved areas. The light is actually reflected light off of the small satellites just after sunset.

    The satellites are launched and deployed in batches of 60. It takes several weeks for them to spread out, it’s during this time when the reflection can look like a string of lights.

    You can find out if you can see the satellites by using this tracking site.
     
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