UFO sighting boom is coming thanks to SpaceX and OneWeb
People worldwide are already reporting unidentified lights in the sky as Starlink gets off the ground. It could be just the beginning.
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Last year saw a big increase in a certain kind of UFO spotting, and in 2020 the trend is likely to explode, thanks in part to Elon Musk.
Around the world, thousands of people reported seeing a train of unidentified bright lights moving steadily in formation across the night sky.
The thing is, these aren't actually unidentified flying objects: They're SpaceX Starlink satellites climbing to a low-earth orbit, where they'll sail above us en route to eventually providing broadband access around the globe.
Monday's launch of 60 Starlink satellites will include one with a nonreflective coating that SpaceX hopes will reduce the visibility of the satellites. The company has been working with major astronomical organizations to reduce the constellation's impact on telescopic observations of space, and the new coating will serve as a test of one possible solution.
In the meantime, dozens or even hundreds more Starlink satellites could be launched that are just as bright and reflective as the first two batches.
And this is to say nothing of Starlink competitor OneWeb, which is also ramping up its own broadband constellation. A launch of 32 satellites is planned for February, followed by two more identical launches in the first half of the year.
It all adds up to a sky that's going to get a lot more crowded in 2020, with a lot more to see. So spread word that those weird lights in a line are just another Elon Musk project, not aliens building a railroad in the sky.
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