We have all seen posts on Facebook asking what that bright streak is in the night sky. Well, we might have the chance to see them this week in the Evansville area.

Recently, many people have spotted strange things in the skies over the past few weeks in the United States. We've all seen posts about those on social media. We might have the opportunity to see a unique thing in the night sky this week here in the Evansville, Indiana area, but this one has answers.

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No, it isn't going to be a UFO or strange green streaks of light falling from the sky. It will be one that people sometimes have no idea about. It captures a lot of attention on social media, but it's got a logical explanation. It is the SpaceX Starlink Satellites.

As you might know, SpaceX recently launched 55 satellites as part of its Starlink program. The goal of Starlink is to deliver broadband internet from its satellite constellation. When seen from Earth, it looks like a string of lights floating along the night sky.

How to See the Starlink Satellites in Southern Indiana

According to FindStarlink.com, later this week, we will have a chance to see them in person, and not on a video that someone else shot. FindStarlink.com says that we will have average visibility of the Starlink Satellites on the following dates:

February 17th

  • At 6:23 pm CST, look from the northwest to the northeast to spot the satellites.

February 18th

  • At 6:48 pm CST, look from the northwest to the northeast to spot them.
On both evenings the satellites will be visible for 5 minutes. These times are approximate because the viewing times aren’t 100% accurate as the satellites climb into orbit. Of course, this will also depend on the cloud coverage in the area at that time. According to Eyewitness News Chief Meteorologist, Wayne Hart, we will have partly cloudy skies on those days. Hopefully they clear out so that we can get a good view of the satellites those evenings.

Happy satellite viewing this week!

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