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Strange line of lights appear in the night sky spark UFO speculation

Liverpool Echo logo Liverpool Echo 30/12/2019 Sarah Hodgson & Rebecca Koncienzcy
a blurry image of a night sky: A strange line of lights have been spotted over the skies of North Wales © Taylor Herbert A strange line of lights have been spotted over the skies of North Wales

A line of lights that appeared in the night sky has sparked UFO speculation.

The mysterious white lights were a hot topic on social media as they were seen in the North West yesterday evening.

The ECHO's sister title, North Wales Live said they were inundated with messages from readers who had spotted the strange light show.

Some speculated they had come from planes, while others joked about UFOs and aliens.

Mel Clark snapped a photo of the lights over Llanddaniel Fab on Anglesey and said: "Thought these were stars until I stopped walking and realised they were moving.

Line of lights over the skies of Anglesey © Mel Clark Line of lights over the skies of Anglesey

"A straight line of 20-30 I’d say, all uniform distance apart. A friend is convinced she saw the same thing on the morning of 6th December at 6.45am. My photo is 6.05pm this evening.

"I’m guessing planes although there was no sound. Can you shed some light on it, she is convinced it’s UFO’s!!! I’m a non believer.. sticking with planes!! My photo is over Llanddaniel Fab. She saw them over Menai Bridge."

While Taylor Herbert also managed to capture the lights on camera over Oswestry, and said: "Do you know any detail on the huge line of planes that have just flown over our house. Must have been about 20 aircraft i assume."

But, it seems you can put away your signs welcoming extraterrestrial life to Earth as experts said they believe the lights belong to billionaire Elon Musk.

The 48-year-old Tesla architect has a fleet of satellites in orbit of the planet.

  a close up of a map: A tracker shows the satellites passing over the UK © A tracker shows the satellites passing over the UK

The East Anglian Astrophysical Research Organisation tweeted an explanation: "If you see these over the UK they are NOT UFO’s but satellites that are part of the Space-X Starlink project to provide accessible internet to everyone."

The businessman's company SpaceX launched 60 satellites into orbit in November as part of its Starlink programme.

They are the second batch of satellites launched which are designed to provide an internet connection to remote parts of the globe.

Many have been mystified by the satellites which appear as a glowing train of lights in the sky.

However, space experts have slammed the satellites, claiming that the brightness could change the view of the sky and impact on scientific research.

The Starlink Train passes over North Wales © The Starlink Train passes over North Wales

Satellite trackers on allow stargazers to follow the Starlink train in real time.

Images show that the satellites were passing over the UK close to North Wales yesterday at around 8pm.


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