Kern River Valley residents posted on Kern River Valley News & Community Info that they saw “a line of 15-20 stars/ lights moving across the sky from North to Northeast at about 40° above the horizon?” others posted what they saw ” what I saw was very similar to that except it was slowly inching towards the ground until it disappeared….around 4:13ish I would describe it as a strand of stars that appeared to be falling not blasting off. It was very strange for sure a first for me.”
According to a Forbes article they believe the lights to be ” satellites, launched into space by the U.S. company SpaceX, run by South African entrepreneur Elon Musk. And they’re a bit controversial.
The satellites are part of something called Starlink. This is a project by SpaceX to launch thousands of satellites into orbit, and beam the internet to Earth from space. SpaceX hopes to use this to fund missions to Mars. The satellites can appear very visible in the night sky when they fly over your location because of their reflective surfaces.
The satellites are launched in batches of 60, with SpaceX aiming to launch roughly two batches very month – although they haven’t quite achieved that frequency yet.”