Star gazers were in for quite the light show on the evening of Wednesday, April 7th, as Space X deployed another "Starlink train" group of satellites. Although people were expected to see it Wednesday night, I received reports from Texans seeing it on Thursday night, too, which leads me to many questions (scroll down to the bottom of the article for those):
Map of some "Starlink" UFO Sightings sent to TexasUFOSightings:
April 7th at 9:03 pm in Haltom City, Texas:
"We looked up after it was pointed out by someone in our group. There was 4 of us. It was gliding in the sky, had no sound. And was glimmering as it went by. It lasted for around 20 seconds and moved slowly over us. It looked 3D but we could only make out the bottom which is where the lights were located. It was long and skinny. It disappeared all of a sudden at the end. It looked like it faded away into nothing" - Anonymous
April 7th around 7:30 PM in Plano, Texas:
"There were many star like flying objects spotted yesterday while we were taking a walk in our area. They were properly aligned in a line . We almost felt like it was a rocket but spotted a rocket in the dark was very weird. We still cannot figure out what it was. They suddenly disappeared from our sight in a proper synchronization.." -Nichole
April 7th at 9:15 PM in Temple, Texas:
"My eleven year old daughter and I just saw a similar object in the night sky at about 9:15 in Temple, Texas. It was rectangular in shape, with the right end seen at a downward tilt. It seemed to glisten as the shape drifted from left to right across the sky. It was visible for about 15 seconds and then it slowly began to dissolve until it was no longer visible. It did not look like a solid shape, but rather a cluster of lights that seemed to shimmer as it moved across the sky. It reminded me of how birds fly together in formation."
April 8th around 9:05 PM in New Braunfels, Texas:
A friend of mine shared with me that her and her daughter "saw the train of lights when we got home from practice and ha NO idea what it was!! Not shooting stars, not a plane, trains don't fly, Harry Potter?, aliens??"
Alright, so case closed, right?
Well, not exactly.
As our own man-made craft become more advanced, from high-tech drones to "Starlink trains," it will become increasingly difficult to distinguish these things from UFO craft. For example, back in 1951, a very similar sight as the "Starlink" train was seen in Lubbock, Texas. Back then, Elon Musk and Space X could not be to blame, so it was easier to conclude "UFO." Now, however, we have so many man-made explanations to choose from.
What this means is UFOs have a much easier job at "blending in" than ever before. I would go so far as to say that if I were an alien wanting to visit Earth in my spaceship, I would choose to do it on a night when Space X was deploying satellites! That way I could have an easy cover if I got found out.
Another challenge that "Starlink" and other satellites/rockets gives us is - they are increasingly hard to track. There are so many deployments, so MUCH space junk up there, that you could blame almost any UFO sighting on something man-made. After all, we are just flooding our little corner of the solar system with lights! According to the Natural History Museum website, "While there are about 2,000 active satellites orbiting Earth at the moment, there are also 3,000 dead ones littering space."
So, in conclusion, if you see a UFO, and someone tells you saw "Starlink" or a "drone" or something else man-made, don't assume that to be the case!!! Even if it looks like a "Starlink" satellite or drone!!
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