String of UFOs – or Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starlink satellites – spotted in Auckland’s night sky
The unidentified string of lights seen from Great Barrier Island on Saturday evening. Photo/Jack Young.
Are these UFOs flying over Auckland or Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starlink satellites?
Aucklander Visha Chand has sent the Herald images and video he took of the string of bright lights in the night sky he saw last night.
“Shown in the night sky over Auckland on January 29, 2022 around 10 p.m.,” Chand said.
“I just wonder if anyone else saw it?”
Jody Trewheela said she witnessed the string lights for almost 10 minutes.
“The Unidentified Flying Objects I saw above me was when my partner and I were driving in Onehunga when we saw a group of women standing in a group pointing and looking at the sky, so I assumed something spectacular was in the sky,” she said.
“Walking up the road from Onehunga Mall, I stuck my head out the window and that’s when I saw this huge cigar-shaped contraption with so many flashing lights.”
Trewheela said she stood there for about five minutes until the end.
“The object does not appear to have sound and must be at least a kilometer long,” she said.
She recorded a three-minute video of her encounter, but said the video was affected by the brightness of streetlights.
One person told the Herald: “Camping at Raglan and there are 27 lights flowing in an arc across the sky. All in the same direction. Never seen anything like this before”.
Earlier this month, similar images believed to belong to Elon Musk’s space company were shared by night owls Northlanders.
Images and videos from residents of Dargaville and Warkworth showed an orderly line of bright lights in the night sky.
On January 7, Space.com announced the launch of SpaceX’s first Falcon 9 rocket of the year, sending a new stack of Starlink satellites into orbit from Florida in the United States.
Starlink has launched several strings of up to 60 satellites in recent years, delivering broadband from above via the network of satellites in low Earth orbit.
In May last year, the Herald reported a “mysterious string of lights” spotted in the sky above Auckland which later turned out to be Musk’s satellites.
These satellites have already been spotted with the naked eye over New Zealand, notably last March.