It's a bird! It's a plane! Is it...Santa Claus? No! It's actually the SpaceX Starlink Satellites moving over the area!
You may have notice last night shortly after 7 PM that there was a long line of bright lights moving across the night sky over the Louisville area and beyond across the viewing area. This wasn't alien's or even Santa, but this is actually 48 different satellites that were launched into orbit by SpaceX.
Here's some pictures you guys sent in!
According to space.com, SpaceX launched these satellites into orbit from Cape Canaveral, Florida on the evening of December 2nd. This launch consisted of 48 different satellites apart of a 229ft rocket that was launched. As of today SpaceX has launched over 1,900 satellites into orbit and has approval to launch a total of 30,000 MORE!
Liftoff! pic.twitter.com/7ZlakB8pSk— SpaceX (@SpaceX) December 2, 2021
Unlike the International Space Station, no data is provided about where the satellites are or when they will pass over our heads because SpaceX is a private company. There are a few space and satellite junkies who try to predict these flyovers, but it's a challenge to get it right.
Here’s a replay of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket departing Cape Canaveral at 6:12pm EST (2312 GMT) with 48 Starlink internet satellites and two BlackSky remote sensing microsats. https://t.co/GNgwv4wfvn pic.twitter.com/hWuufU3PH7— Spaceflight Now (@SpaceflightNow) December 2, 2021
You can view a stream of the entire 4-hour process for the launch here: