Bright lights lit up the skies on Saturday night.
Star gazers across the country have been wowed by long trains of lights traversing the night sky.
Wayne Schrieber of Whanganui happened to step outside at just the right time on Saturday night and saw a “huge streak” slowly making its way across the heavens.
This was followed by a long string of evenly spaced lights moving west to east.
“I first thought it was a big piece of space junk that had bits falling off it and they were following the same trajectory.”
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Shortly after 10pm several witnesses alerted Stuff that they had seen similar phenomena from different places across the country.
Fil Lakomy was visiting Martinborough and had come back from a meal when he saw the amazing sight.
“A perfectly straight formation of lights moving what appeared to me at a medium pace through the sky. I got my wife to come look as they passed over us then a bit later, more of them but this time fewer and spaced further apart,” he said.
Similar sightings have been seen in other parts of the globe in recent months which were revealed to be communication satellites launched by Elon Musk’s SpaceX corporation.
SpaceX has sent four sets of Starlink satellites into space since May last year.
The most recent launch was on January 30.
Prior to this latest batch, SpaceX has launched more than 180 satellites – mostly in three launches of 60 satellites each in May, November and early January. The satellites have been brighter than many had expected.
In the days following the first launch, people across the world spotted the train of satellites, as bright as stars.
Most of the company’s Starlink satellites have since moved into higher ranges of orbit, but some are still visible in rural areas with dark night skies.