The plane enthusiasts thread

Randomnerd

Formerly known as Woodenspoons
Location
North Yorkshire
Often look at the sky before locking the back door for the night. Just watched at least 32 fast military jets ( presumably - only white lights ) very high all travelling east over the Vale of York, heading east, about mile between each plane. Wondering whats going on, since I’ve not spotted this before.
 

L Q

Über Member
Location
Woodhall Spa
Often look at the sky before locking the back door for the night. Just watched at least 32 fast military jets ( presumably - only white lights ) very high all travelling east over the Vale of York, heading east, about mile between each plane. Wondering whats going on, since I’ve not spotted this before.
Could you hear anything.

It may have been the satellites from starlink. Think they have 60 in a line now.
 

Randomnerd

Formerly known as Woodenspoons
Location
North Yorkshire
Could you hear anything.

It may have been the satellites from starlink. Think they have 60 in a line now.
I couldn’t hear anything. I’ve had a look at Starlink. Very interesting, but they were so equally spaced out. Could have been. Not sure. Seems the only explanation. Don’t expect military planes move in such numbers?
 

wheresthetorch

Dreaming of Celeste
Location
West Sussex
I couldn’t hear anything. I’ve had a look at Starlink. Very interesting, but they were so equally spaced out. Could have been. Not sure. Seems the only explanation. Don’t expect military planes move in such numbers?
It was definitely Starlink - I've seen them a few times now (as an amateur astronomer I regularly see individual satellites pass over as well) and your description matches perfectly.
 

Randomnerd

Formerly known as Woodenspoons
Location
North Yorkshire
It was definitely Starlink - I've seen them a few times now (as an amateur astronomer I regularly see individual satellites pass over as well) and your description matches perfectly.
Thanks @wheresthetorch for confirming. Quite a sight to behold, Starlink. Perversely, however wonderful the tech, it makes the last bit of untouched nature seem cluttered by man’s hand.
 

wheresthetorch

Dreaming of Celeste
Location
West Sussex
Thanks @wheresthetorch for confirming. Quite a sight to behold, Starlink. Perversely, however wonderful the tech, it makes the last bit of untouched nature seem cluttered by man’s hand.
Indeed - it's upset the astronomical community quite a bit, especially the astrophotographers. 6 hour exposure, carefully tracking against the rotation of the earth, and then a long streak through the middle thanks to Starlink!
 

wheresthetorch

Dreaming of Celeste
Location
West Sussex
Now there’s a community I hadn’t heard of. I can imagine they dislike that light train. Is it only going to get more cluttered up there? Who is in charge of space junk?
Some interesting stuff here:

https://aerospace.org/article/space-debris-101
 
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