Full Video: Starlink Satalite Jets Through New Hampshire Sky, Looks Like Video Game
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Before the creepy-looking video, let's paint the scene quickly.
On Valentine's evening, I took my wife to the Portsmouth Escape Room. No, we did not escape, but that's not the story!
Before we even got in, quite literally the second I stepped out of the car, I yelled, "what the 'heck' is that?" I had no clue. I looked up, and it looked like a shooting star was above my head...but hundreds of them.
My wife and I looked at each other, and I immediately knew nobody would believe our description of what we were seeing. It looked like a video game. If you have ever played Space Invaders or Galaga, it was as if the rounds of bullets were being shot above my head. If you don't get that comparison, it was like a shooting star but over and over again, perfectly spaced out, moving very quickly, and in a very straight line. Like a glitch in the system.
Now, we did NOT remember anything about SpaceX and Starlink. It was out of our heads. I mean, with the surveillance balloons blowing up our social media, could you blame us for thinking the worst?
We actually looked at each other and said, "should we report this?"
Eventually, we came to the conclusion that it was likely a satellite, or a line of a few...but there were a LOT more than a few.
Check out the full video from start to finish as they passed over our heads in Portsmouth, New Hampshire (turn up your brightness for best clarity).
Pretty damn cool.
After some research, I was reminded of SpaceX, then Starlink, which is exactly what I saw.
If you are unfamiliar, put really really simply, Starlink is a line of satellites that provide internet to nearly 50 countries. After 2023, our phones might be able to use Starlink for the internet. People in the mountains, countries like Ukraine, fishermen in the middle of the ocean, and more can use Starlink.
It's a very cool sight to see so low in orbit in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
This is only the start of seeing it, though. Right now, the chain of satellites has between three and 4,000 operating. Starlink is set to send out 12,000 total, and eventually hopes to send 42,000 into orbit.