AUSTIN (KXAN) — What was that string of lights in the sky over Central Texas on Wednesday night?
Several viewers sent KXAN pictures and videos of what appeared to be a long line of lights tracking across the sky around 9 p.m. Some guessed that it could be SpaceX satellites coming into view, but other people had no idea and wanted some answers.
Those who guessed Elon Musk had a hand in it were correct.
KXAN’s First Warning Weather team confirmed the strange-looking string of lights were Starlink satellites over the area, and it just so happens that SpaceX launched 60 additional satellites into orbit Wednesday from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
The satellites are intended to help provide wireless internet throughout the world, and 1,300 of them are currently orbiting the Earth. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket delivered the latest batch of satellites, and it safely landed on a ship in the Atlantic Ocean named “Of Course I Still Love You.”