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A light plume was observed in the sky on Monday evening: we explain what it is

Always such an impressive sight!

If you’ve been looking up at the stars this Monday night, you’ve no doubt experienced that long trail of light. Don’t worry, this is not a column of aliens heading towards our planet.

No, that bright spot was none other than 53 mini-satellites of Elon Musk’s Starlink project, launched on Friday, August 19, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, by the US billionaire’s private space agency SpaceX.

Last Saturday, it was in the Lower Rhine that some saw this little luminous train.

Starlink is a crazy project led by Elon Musk (Mr. Tesla) that aims to send around our planet (in orbit between 330 and 1320 km) about 12,000 telecommunications satellites to eventually provide high-speed Internet access around the world.

In 2015, 60 minisatellites were sent for the first launch of the project. Friday was the 56th party!

So for lovers of shooting stars and other UFOs, don’t panic, you will see – sooner or later – the spectacle of Starlink overhead.

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