A number of people across sections of Greater Manchester have reported seeing an “eerie” set of moving lights in a line across the sky.
One woman got in touch with the Manchester Evening News, saying she could see the lights from her home in Altrincham.
“We have just witnessed a very long line of moving stars. There were over 50 easily. All equally spaced apart and moving at the same speed, apart from the last 2-3 which lagged behind.
“It was very eerie, lasted a good 10 minutes but don’t know how long this went on for before we saw it. Very strange indeed.
“Two of us watched them, they disappeared above us. It was like seeing multiple space stations but equally in line. Very surreal.”
She said her friend in Chester had also got in touch about a similar sighting.
Others across Manchester also posted about seeing the lights tonight.
On Twitter, Phoebe Robson posted: ” @ProfBrianCox a line of star like lights over Manchester appearing and disappearing systematically at the same point! Any answers would be greatly appreciated!”
While Richard Coventry tweeted: “Just watching a load of tiny, ‘star sized’ evenly spaced lights in a line in the night sky going straight over my head from the Manchester area and disappearing high into the night sky. Planes passing under them. Must have been 50 of them in 5 minutes.
Another person posted saying their friend had text saying they saw about “30 lights in a line” moving across the sky above Manchester.
Our colleagues in North Wales also reported dozens of people reporting the mysterious lights moving across the sky.
Mel Clark told North Wales Live she got a photo of the lights over Llanddaniel Fab on Anglesey and said: “Thought these were stars until I stopped walking and realised they were moving.
“A straight line of 20-30 I’d say, all uniform distance apart. A friend is convinced she saw the same thing on the morning of 6th December at 6.45am. My photo is 6.05pm this evening. I’m guessing planes although there was no sound.”
Thankfully, it was not UFOs descending on Greater Manchester on Sunday evening, but what appeared to be a fleet of satellites belonging to SpaceX founder and billionaire Elon Musk.
The East Anglian Astrophysical Research Organisation tweeted an explanation: “If you see these over the UK they are NOT UFO’s but satellites that are part of the Space-X Starlink project to provide accessible internet to everyone.”
SpaceX launched 60 satellites into orbit in November as part of its Starlink programme, designed to provide an internet connection to remote parts of the globe.
Satellite trackers on satflare.com allow stargazers to follow the Starlink train in real time. Although it did not pass directly over Manchester, its line passed south of Greater Manchester and over Staffordshire at about 8pm – which explains why many in the southern sections of our region were able to see it at that time.
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