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We’ve all heard of shooting stars and meteor showers, but would you ever expect to look up into the night sky and see a string of some 50 dots of light flying by?

That is exactly what some people in the West Country saw last night (December 29).

In fact, the sight was so strange to many, it sparked talk and speculation of UFOs.

The line of lights was spotted in the sky above North Devon and could be seen from Bideford, East-the-Water, Okehampton and Fremington near Barnstaple, Devon Live reports.

The ights were reported to be moving before slowly disappearing one by one.

Several people took to Facebook in search of answers though if they were hoping for an alien encounter, they were set to be disappointed.

The unusual sight is, in fact, believed to be a series of satellites known as the Starlink satellite constellation.

It consists of a group of 60 satellites which were launched into orbit by American firm SpaceX in November and can often be seen in our skies, when the conditions are right.

Yesterday’s clear conditions coincided perfectly with the satellites’ locations for the perfect view of the technological phenomenon.

If you missed it, don’t panic, the Starlink constellation will be visible at certain points over the next three days.

According to satellite tracking website cmdr2.org, it calculates that Starlink should be visible in the UK at the following times:

Have you witnessed this string of satellites in the night sky? Get in touch by emailing ellie.kendall@reachplc.com

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