Residents of the Rio Rancho and Albuquerque areas have been able to see a train of unfamiliar lights in the night sky the past few nights, and this will continue throughout this week as a result of SpaceX’s Starlink satellites.
“Starlink is the world’s first and largest satellite constellation using a low Earth orbit to deliver broadband internet capable of supporting streaming, online gaming, video calls and more,” reads the Starlink website.
The company, owned by Elon Musk, has caused controversy amongst scientists due to the potential risks it can cause surrounding collision hazards, climate change and visibility, according to space.com.
Despite the controversy, there will be a SpaceX launch tonight in California.
“This is the 10th flight for the first stage booster supporting this mission,” reads the SpaceX website.
The lights will be visible from Rio Rancho clearly on July 19 at 9:05 p.m. There will also be average visibility on July 18, 20 and 21. For more information on how to find them in the night sky, visit findastarlink.com.