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Aussie towns stunned by space ‘mystery’

Victorians have captured the moment a Starlink satellite train tracked across the state. Picture: Facebook.
Victorians have captured the moment a Starlink satellite train tracked across the state. Picture: Facebook.

Eagle eyed stargazers have spotted a peculiar trail of lights in the sky over Victoria on Saturday night.

Victorians took to social media to share photos of Elon Musk’s “otherworldly” looking Starlink satellite train as it made its way across the state overnight.

The low-orbiting satellites, owned by US based company SpaceX first launched in 2019 and have been captured multiple times throughout the world tracking across the night sky.

The Starlink satellite train spotted throughout Victoria overnight. Picture: Facebook.
The Starlink satellite train spotted throughout Victoria overnight. Picture: Facebook.
The strange sight was spotted about 9pm. Picture: Facebook.
The strange sight was spotted about 9pm. Picture: Facebook.

Those living rurally in areas including Ballarat, Wangaratta, Rochester and Korumburra were able to see the satellite train from their homes, with one Reddit user describing the moment they watched the “weird” vision pass over head.

“Living rural I can see them quite well. They don’t look that weird until you see the procession of them, each coming into view on the same line and fading at the other end of the sky,” they posted to social media.

“Definitely weird to see the first time.”

Another user said the satellites were only visible for “about 10 to 30 seconds”.

“I wondered what they were, tried shining a torch on them … then realised what they were,” one Victorian resident posted to Facebook.

“They must have just been deployed as they were (in) a very close line and then had spread out.”

The spectacle was spotted across the state in both western and northern towns. Picture: Facebook.
The spectacle was spotted across the state in both western and northern towns. Picture: Facebook.
Victorian’s will likely be able to see the sight once more on Sunday evening. Picture: Facebook.
Victorian’s will likely be able to see the sight once more on Sunday evening. Picture: Facebook.

One Facebook user said the first time they saw the lights passing overhead, they thought it was an alien sighting and others likened the sight to UFOs flying above.

“We totally get how it could be misunderstood as UFOs, it looks so otherworldly! It was a delight to witness,” one lady said.

For those who missed the site on Saturday evening, the train is expected to make an appearance again at various times after 9pm for different regions in Victoria.

The train will be visible from Melbourne at 9:18pm on Sunday for approximately four minutes in a west to northwest direction.

To check what time the spectacle will be visible in different locations, visit the Find Starlink website.