On September 4 at approximately 18:30 a group of Starlink satellites were visible from the Kruger National Park (KNP).
The guest described the sighting as follows, “We saw a straight line of white lights, I would guess about 50 or 60 at the same time, about the same brightness as an average star, moving together across the sky from west to east.
“There was no sound and it definitely didn’t look like a plane. It lasted about a minute and then was gone”.
These satellites form part of a satellite Internet service being constructed by SpaceX, a company founded by Elon Musk.
To find out when this satellite train might be visible in your area, visit Find Starlink. Approximate times and the level of visibility are available here.
According to the SpaceX website, on Thursday September 3 at 08:46 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), 12:46 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), Falcon 9 successfully lifted off with the 12th Starlink mission, carrying 60 Starlink satellites to orbit.
Kate Tice, senior certification engineer at SpaceX, walked viewers through the entire process in a live video:
Falcon 9 lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, US.
Following stage separation, SpaceX landed Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
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