CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — If you have recently spotted a bright string of lights moving across the sky, you were likely watching a Starlink satellite train moving through its orbit.
Starlink, the Elon Musk broadband internet company, operates with a large network of low-orbit satellites, many of which are routinely visible from Earth during nighttime hours.
Findstarlink.com, a website that tracks when the satellites will be visible in various locations, including when you'll be able to see the brightest lights in the sky above, said the following is the next time residents of Corpus Christi will have a chance to the string of lights:
Check back soon! There are currently no timings found with good visibility in the next 5 days.
The satellites under the "average visibility" section may not be easy to see. It is suggested you look for the satellites under the "good visibility" section. Clouds will also affect whether someone will be able to see the lights or not.
What is Starlink?
Starlink uses a network of more than 2,000 satellites orbiting Earth more than 340 miles up. The company is continuing to launch satellites in batches as part of its goal of providing high-speed broadband internet around the world, particularly places with poor connectivity.
The satellites have played a role in keeping Ukrainians connected to the internet since the Russian invasion of the country. Last February, Musk sent truckloads of equipment to Ukraine to allow people there to use the satellite-based internet service even as Russian forces cut off other internet access.
The system was also used in Tonga after a huge volcanic eruption and tsunami severed a crucial undersea cable, cutting off its main internet connection for weeks.
The large number of satellites being launched by Starlink and other companies, including Amazon, have been a source of frustration for some, though. The "satellite pollution" created by the thousands of orbiting objects make it difficult for astronomers to observe space.