DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (BRPROUD) – If you were looking up on Thursday, you may have seen something streaking through the night sky between 7:20 p.m. and 7:25 p.m.
The debate began as to what it was soon after it was posted on social media by Carlee Hurley.
A long white line could been seen from a location near the intersection of Lockhart Rd. and Cockerham Rd.
Was it a meteor, shooting star or maybe a satellite?
To answer that question, we contacted the Highland Road Park Observatory and LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy.
The consensus was that the video appears to show over 50 small SpaceX Starlink satellites passing together very closely through the night sky.
This chain of SpaceX Starlink satellites will eventually disperse, according to LSU Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy, Tabetha Boyajian.
The last satellite launch took place on Thursday, October 20, from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
Boyajian said, the bright streak shows up like this just after the satellites are deployed.
“There is no advantage to keeping the satellites in a row, so over the next few days they will be dispersing to their designated orbits,” according to Boyajian.
If you ever want to see where satellites might be seen from your location, check out a website called heavens-above.com.
All you have to do is put in your location in the box on the top right and click the link titled, “Daily predictions for brighter satellites.”
A member of the LSU Observatory pointed out that sightings of these Starlinks satellites, the Hubble and other satellites would be easier with the eradication of some of the light pollution.
In the meantime, keep your eye on the sky and you too may catch a video of a meteor, shooting star or satellite.