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Sky watchers in Alaska treated to SpaceX satellites and glowing aurora

The Northern lights (Aurora Borelias) over the city Tromso in northern Norway. Aurora watchers in Alaska this month saw both a brilliant aurora display and a string of SpaceX satellites crossing the night. Photo by Morten Bjoernbakk/EPA

The Northern lights (Aurora Borelias) on the city Tromso in northern Norway. Aurora watchers in Alaska this month saw both an excellent aurora display and a string of SpaceX satellites crossing the night time. Photo by Morten Bjoernbakk/EPA

Sept. 15 (UPI) — Sky watchers in Alaska were treated to both a dramatic green Aurora and several Space X Starlink satellites.

Space.com posted a video Thursday of the striking display, which Alaska aurora tour guide Ronn Murray saw during an aurora tour this month.

“We saw this while taking some guests from our aurora tour,” Murray said. “It had been really beautiful.”

A trail of Starlink satellites were seen crossing the night time sky while watching aurora near Fairbanks Alaska.

In accordance with SpaceWeather.com these Starlink satellites are so near Earth they easily outshine a first-magnitude star.

SpaceX has said it’s wanting to dim individual satellites, however, many astronomers remain concerned that the quantity and brightness of SpaceX satellites in orbit can hinder observation of stars.

SpaceX has launched a lot more than 2800 satellites into orbit since 2019. Those satellites are accustomed to provide Internet services to remote corners of the planet, including at sea.

In accordance with Space.com, the SpaceX satellites observed in the aurora video weren’t yet in operational orbit. These were at around altitude of 198 miles.

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