December 27, 2019
“What is this trail of eerily silent “lights”? …Can someone throw some… light on the matter?” – these were some of the comments posted by astounded witnesses to a bizarre display in the night skies recently.
A spooky succession of perfectly aligned lights spotted in the skies above northern Italy on 23 December generated a frenzy of responses on the internet as people shared their observations in the belief that the sighting was of an extraterrestrial nature.
Those who saw the satellites took to social media to guess what was beaming across the night sky.
WTF is this trail of 25+ eerily silent 'lights' flying in a constant stream high in the sky over Northern Italy?!?! Santa please say it's you? #SantaTracker #sleighsighting #UFOWTF #ufosighting pic.twitter.com/LKzrMEXJBb
— Hattie Scott (@hihattie) December 24, 2019
…We saw it in Varese, Italy… Can someone throw some… light on the matter??
— Giovanni Ghersi (@gioghersi) December 24, 2019
UFOs definitely pic.twitter.com/m0lWtgn1d8
— ▩▩▨▨uɐʎɹ▧▧▩▩ (@toaster55s) December 23, 2019
However, it has since been confirmed that the lights were part of Elon Musk’s second group of Starlink satellites launched into orbit last November as part of his huge internet project.
Experts from the Italian astronomical observatory explained:
“It is the Starlink satellites that Elon Musk launched. You can sleep peacefully.”
If you saw a row of UFO like lights in the sky in IL, IA, MI (like this but spaced out), that was SpaceX Starlink Satellites! You'll be able to see them in the next few days, too!
Check here for a map (and set the time back to see their track today) https://t.co/wtkU9xSFY9 pic.twitter.com/cZ4UUvj5Zc
— Dr. Jen Golbeck 💗💜💙 (@jengolbeck) December 23, 2019
Many netizens were disappointed with the mundane explanation for the creepy sighting:
Come on, at least let the conspiracy theorists run rampant for a few days before shutting them down 😉
— Andrea (@qtb_dk) December 23, 2019
Little one was hoping it was Santa coming early
— Aries Doberman (@AriesDoberman) December 25, 2019
I did see this.
I thought the aliens were coming!!!
— Angel Goulet 🧐 (@AngelGoulet) December 25, 2019
This article was posted: Friday, December 27, 2019 at 8:13 am