Despite some suggestion that alien lifeforms were coming to rescue us from Brexit, the 40 “UFOs” spotted over Truro this morning have been explained.
The 40 lights, all moving at a constant speed in a perfect, equidistant line, were seen above the city and as far as St Agnes, Goonhavern and Newquay.
Walter Dixon, who watched them from Truro Prep School, said: “It was unreal – it was the precision that got me. It definitely felt like they were on a flight path. Never in my life have I seen anything like it.
“It was definitely strange. You see the odd satellite but never anything like this when there were so many objects in a line.
“I can’t explain it. They weren’t shooting stars – it was too clean, too straight and too perfect.”
Despite contacting Newquay Airport and RNAS Culdrose, no one could explain what the strange lights were.
However, it has now become apparent they are not unidentified flying objects but shoebox-sized satellites launched into space by controversial technology entrepreneur Elon Musk.
His SpaceX company has is planning to launch 40,000 of the satellites, known as Starlink, into Earth’s low orbit.
He claims they are a bid to provide cheap wi-fi for the world, though some are sceptical.
Earlier this month SpaceX launched its second batch of 60 satellites, which were the ones seen over Truro this morning.
Brian Sheen, who runs Roseland Observatory, said: “They will go over Cornwall every 90 minutes. The place to see them really well with the naked eye is Lisbon where they go directly overhead.”
The astronomer added: “I’m not sure Elon Musk is an altruistic kind of guy. I’m sure people’s wi-fi will be improved to earn money for Musky.”
Mr Sheen believed other companies would be able to buy time on the Starlink satellites.
People are not happy with Musk’s move.
CEO of Arianespace Stéphane Israël said that SpaceX was trying to “colonise” low-Earth orbit and was creating a “Wild West” scenario in space.
There are also fears that if Musk’s Starlink project continues as it has begun, it will end all ground-based astronomy as the satellites act as “pollutants”.
So people like Walter Dixon who looked at the Starlink lights above Truro in awe this morning may end up not being so thrilled by what looks like a constant presence in our skies.
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