Bizarre Trail of Satellites Traveling in Straight Line Seen Over Japan

Stunningly clear footage of a long line of satellites passing through space has been captured in Japan.

In a tweet on September 5, Daichi Fujii, a curator at the Hiratsuka City Museum in the city of Hiratsuka, Japan, posted a video of a pattern of what appeared to be dozens of white dots moving slowly across the sky.

The objects in question are a group of internet-beaming Starlink satellites built by U.S. rocket company SpaceX. According to Fujii, that particular group of satellites had been launched earlier that day in what was SpaceX’s 40th mission of 2022 so far.

Fujii told Newsweek he shot the video from his home in Hiratsuka with what he described as a high-sensitivity digital camera attached to a tripod. He then slowly moved the tripod by hand to follow the satellites’ movement.

“It’s not the first time I’ve seen a Starlink satellite passing overhead,” Fujii said, translated from Japanese. “I’ve seen it many times before.”

Back in November, 2019, the museum curator posted another clear video of a trail of Starlink satellites passing overhead—that time with the camera staying in a fixed position.

It is a sight that has become increasingly common over the years since SpaceX launched its first batch of Starlink satellites in May, 2019. At that time, 60 of the small satellites were placed into orbit in one go.

This might sound like a lot, but since then SpaceX has launched similar-sized swarms multiple times per month—sometimes multiple times per week.

Fifty-four of them were launched on August 28, followed by 46 on August 31 and the most recent batch of 51 on September 5.

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