Local Expert Explains Strange Chain Of Satellites Seen In Las Vegas Sky


“It was so weird,” Jasmine Rideaux added. “It was like it was fake.” Space X satellites in full force tonight! #noaliens #spaceX They arrived in the Northeast sky over Skypoint and began to vanish over the northwest mountains here in Vegas. Good times with the family! pic.twitter.com/vIBaHnkBmA

— Rick Detisch III (@RickDetischIII) May 7, 2021 It’s a remarkable achievement, but with technology adding up, he said research will take a hit, as streaking satellites create more light pollution. 

“It has the goal of opening the internet to a wider variety of people,” Steffen explained. “Who otherwise don’t have access to it.” “High tech instruments that are passing through the field of view,” Steffen said. “That kind of ruins the images you’re taking that make it hard to do for an analysis.”

Local astronomy expert Jason Steffen, who works in the UNLV Physics & Astronomy Department, said the constellation, launched by Elon Musk and SpaceX, is creating a broadband internet network in the sky.  Some called them planes, while others believed they were from out of this world, but they were actually a cluster of satellites called Starlink. 

In addition, those who witnessed it said they were thrilled to witness this moment in time.  However, he still calls this a step in the right direction for humanity. 

To learn more about Starlink, CLICK HERE. “I was like wow, we really got to see it with our own eyes,” Rideaux concluded. “A historic moment, and history lesson as well.” Steffen said Starlink can be seen by the naked eye for the foreseeable future, but as more time passes from their original launch point, the individual satellites will spread farther apart. 

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