Starlink comes by


Photo courtesy Brandon Jones

Starlink satellites pass over August in the early morning. Augusta community member Brandon Jones took this picture of the satellites Sept. 6 at 5:22 a.m. The satellites stay in orbit using low orbit.

Early in the morning Sept. 6, Augusta community member Brandon Jones was working out at the high school when he saw a series of bright lights move across the sky from west to east in a perfectly straight line. 

“It was oddly organized,” Jones said. “They were not wavering at all, just a straight line across the sky.”

At first glance Jones mistook the lights for something more usual than what it really was.

“It looked like a flock of birds. I almost thought it was a flock of geese,”  Jones said.

Jones said that it consisted of 10 to 15 lights that went right across the sky to the east.

“It looked like a line cutting across to the naked eye,” Jones said.

What Jones ended up seeing that morning was a project by Starlink that had just been launched.

According to, Elon Musk’s project Starlink was launched on Aug. 29. Starlink is a project that consists of 12000 satellites, although only 3000 have been launched so far. The satellites will orbit the Earth to deliver stronger and faster internet connection to people all over the world. As of 2022, Starlink has around 500,000 subscribers all over the world. By subscribing to Starlink, subscribers will receive fast internet access and unlimited data.

The  satellites, which are 9 feet tall in diameter, use low initial orbit and Space X launched them to a minimum altitude as little as 300 miles above Earth, so that the satellites stay in orbit.

Space X is working to make Starlink fully operational by 2023.

“It gives you the eerie feeling, when you are a kid and you watch Goosebumps,” Jones said. “It gives you that weird gut feeling that is initially scary but is still full of wonder and excitement.”