SpaceX Starlink satellites spotted in the night sky over western Washington, UW expert says – KING5.com
A University of Washington professor says the lights seen over western Washington Tuesday are actually Starlink satellites from a SpaceX launch earlier in the day.
SEATTLE — It appears satellites from a SpaceX launch danced in the night sky over western Washington Tuesday, catching the attention of stargazers once again.
People shared photos and videos on social media just after 9 p.m. Tuesday showing a long streak of lights moving through the sky. People reported seeing the lights from Bellevue, Puyallup, Covington and even Portland, Ore.
Dr. James Davenport, an assistant professor in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Washington, explained Tuesday night why people are seeing the satellites.
“What we actually saw was the 60 Starlink satellites that had just been deployed this afternoon and they were still in low orbit, and they were still clustered together so we call this like the Starlink train,” said Davenport. “You see like a little chain of satellites all close together reflecting sunlight back at us.”
As of 11 p.m. on Tuesday, KING 5 has not received any word from SpaceX regarding the apparent spotting of the satellites over western Washington.