It was enough to arouse our curiosity. Sunday evening, the editorial staff of the JSL receives an email entitled “object in the sky”. The text could not be shorter: “Object in the sky on the night of May 15, 2022 11:15 p.m. approximately in Chalon-sur-Saône. It is accompanied by a video (see below), where we can actually see a line of light that moves.
It is very quickly envisaged that these are satellites. But still we must have the heart net. We then contacted Thierry Roig, from the astronomy society of Bourbon-Lancy.
“It is indeed a train of micro-satellites. They were launched this weekend, there must be 53, they are usually launched in trains of about sixty. It must be SpaceX’s (Elon Musk) Starlink project, ”clarifies the expert from the sky.
Indeed, some research on the internet confirms that the company created by the billionaire launched, on Saturday, a “train” of 53 mini-satellites, from the base of Cape Canaveral, in Florida (United States), within the framework of its Starlink project. This, thanks to the thousands of small satellites put into orbit, aims to offer a high-speed Internet service everywhere on the planet, but above all intended for the least densely populated areas that are little or not served by conventional Internet access.
Thierry Roig, of the astronomy society, indicates: “Professional and amateur astronomers deplore this visual pollution”.
The launch of the satellites in video