The starlike string of lights in the night sky is not an alien invasion, it’s Elon Musk’s Starlink

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If you recently saw something like a bunch of bright comets in the night sky then no need to panic as you probably just saw Elon Musk’s Starlink. 

SpaceX’s Starlink program started in 2015 and its purpose was to provide satellite internet access across the globe.

After test satellites were launched in 2018, SpaceX launched its first string of 60 satellites in May 2019.

This week’s launch will be followed by another launch on Tuesday.

Musk’s plan is to launch roughly 12,000 satellites that will blanket the Earth with what he hopes will allow for high-speed, low-cost internet access.

According to Starlink, the FCC has so far approved 12,000 satellites for launch, with SpaceX requesting an additional 30,000.

Starlink also has a tracking device on its website. It uses coordinates to inform people exactly when they can see the satellites.

Tuesday’s launch will be the third Starlink launch in June alone, bringing the size of the growing constellation to nearly 600 satellites and closer to the threshold of 800 flying routers that Musk has previously said would allow for some limited broadband service to begin.