On Thursday night, people in some areas of Pakistan sighted a row of moving stars and they were stunned to see such phenomenon first time in their life.
Videos and images of this phenomenon making rounds on social media and netizens are sharing their different views about it. Some termed it as broken stars and many of them started praying terming it as sign of the nearing doomsday.
If you have seen something like bright object in the sky, in which apparently many shining stars are passing fast in a row, then do not panic.
Actually, this long bright line seen in the sky is a group of small satellites of American billionaire Elon Musk’s company Starlink, which are flying in the space about five hundred and fifty kilometers above the earth.
Starlink is a satellite internet constellation operated by SpaceX, providing satellite Internet access coverage to 40 countries. It also aims for global coverage with satellite personal communications service after 2023.
At present there are more than 2200 Starlink satellites in the space and many of these satellites are in the form of rails back and forth.
These satellites are about 3 to 7 meters long and 1.5 to 3 meters wide. But, on opening of their solar panels, their length increases 20 to 40 meters.
Earlier, the company has announced to launch more than 42 thousand satellites in the near future to provide fast internet globally.
SpaceX has sent several satellites into space in a row at the same time from a large rocket. These satellites are so bright because sunlight shines on their long solar panels and they are very close to Earth.
Soon you will be able to access the Internet anywhere through these satellite-based small dish-shaped devices in homes.
This facility is currently available in 40 countries including Europe and the United States and its users are around 0.5 million so far. Over the time, as the number of these satellites increases, they will become more visible in our night sky.