They weren’t high-flying military transports, nor were they an alien invasion.


Instead, the lengthy chain of moving lights in the night sky around 9 p.m. last night seen by many people throughout central Illinois were a batch of Starlink satellites launched by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company.


Seeing lights in the sky tonight? Here is a likely explanation from @NWSIndianapolis https://t.co/X3SOwNrwND

— NWS Lincoln IL (@NWSLincolnIL) April 27, 2020

The satellites, periodically launched and flying in low Earth orbit, are designed to provide satellite internet access.


Nearly 1,600 of them are expected to be in orbit by late next year or early 2022, and the most recent batch was launched last week. Thousands more are to follow.


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They’re expected to gradually climb into higher orbits.


A site that tracks likely visibility at locations throughout the world can be found at findstarlink.com