SpaceX Starlink Satellites moving across the night sky (not taken from Trinidad and Tobago)
Between 7:18 PM and 7:23 PM Tuesday 18th February 2020, several reports came in of “a line of stars moving” across the sky. This prompted stargazers to conclude that it may be drones, aircraft, UFOs to even a soucouyant.
Fortunately, there is a valid explanation – SpaceX Starlink Satellites, more specifically, the Starlink 4 constellation. This specific constellation of satellites launched fairly recently on the 17th of February 2020.
If you were looking upwards in the sky at the time, you would have seen the satellites streaking across the stars as shown below based on a rendering from Calsky.com.
Though these SpaceX Starlink satellites aren’t large, they’re quite reflective and catch the sunlight which is why they are illuminated across the night sky. Aiding their visibility, they’re also located in low orbit.
SpaceX intends to use these satellites to provide global satellite internet access, with nearly 12,000 satellites in total and a possible extension of up to 42,000 in total.
Across Trinidad and Tobago, though reports of sightings were abundant from eastern and southern areas of Trinidad, there were no images or videos recorded (or at least made available to us as of 10:30 PM). These satellites moved from the northwest to the southeast.
Now if you missed seeing the SpaceX Starlink 4 satellites streak across the night sky tonight, because of the abundance of satellites (which is a legitimate issue raised by astronomers) you only have to wait until early Tuesday 25th February 2020, at approximately 5:43 AM to 5:51 AM (local Trinidad and Tobago AST) as this specific cluster moves across yet again.
This time, while looking upward into the night sky, these satellites will appear from the southwest, moving toward the northeast.