Shooting stars?

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I wish I had a picture, but was on the west side looking East, and it looked like a string of shooting stars (at least 10) going towards Ventura around 6pm. 

Really bright, moving across the sky, and they all slowly faded away near the horizon. I know it sounds cuckoo, but my daughter pointed it out, and we both watched it wondering what it was. 30 seconds later it was gone.

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Chazwrites Nov 13, 2019 10:33 AM
Shooting stars?

Profit vs light pollution https://www.space.com/spacex-starlink-astronomy-observations.html

macpuzl Nov 12, 2019 08:02 PM
Shooting stars?

The Starlink satellites are gradually spreading out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ei79Phj3Bk&feature=youtu.be

a-1575961989 Nov 12, 2019 02:59 PM
Shooting stars?

There is the Northern Taurids and Leonids in November. People as far as Missouri and Oklahoma, including Nevada, saw meteors last night. Could it all be the same showers?

macpuzl Nov 12, 2019 03:16 PM
Shooting stars?

As far as the original post - No. Meteors do not last 30 seconds. The train of objects described in the post perfectly characterize the appearance of the Starlink satellites. Predictions for future visibility can be seen at: ======================================================================= https://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?satid=70003&lat=34.44067&lng=-119.71572&loc=SBMNH&alt=92&tz=PST ======================================================================= Sporadic meteors occur all the time, and the Leonid meteor shower will be active until Nov 30 with the peak at around 22:00 PST on November 17. The Northern Taurids are also active now, but don't have a sharp peak and are fairly sparse. The meteors seen across the country are likely from these showers, as you say, or sporadics. But reports of slow moving trains of bright dots are going to be the new satellites.

pstarSR Nov 12, 2019 11:41 AM
Shooting stars?

there is meteor showers right now. persid, and another one that can produce shooting stars. the mini satellites are not falling from orbit they are increasing orbit.

pstarSR Nov 13, 2019 08:31 AM
Shooting stars?

cool, but they still arent falling from orbit. they are increasing orbit.

macpuzl Nov 12, 2019 12:13 PM
Shooting stars?

The Perseid shower is active in August, not November. As stated below, this was a series of 60 small satellites launched by SpaceX.

a-1575961989 Nov 12, 2019 10:15 AM
Shooting stars?

Great. More space junk.

Z Nov 12, 2019 09:39 AM
Shooting stars?

If they lasted for 30 seconds they were not "shooting stars" (in the atmosphere). Could have been little satellites SpaceX was distributing Tuesday afternoon and evening that they'd launched earlier in the day. Launch & fly-out on youtube> https://youtu.be/pIDuv0Ta0XQ

a-1575961989 Nov 12, 2019 08:58 AM
Shooting stars?

From KEYT "The compact flat panel satellites are about 575 pounds. The satellites were initially deployed at a lower orbit - at an altitude of about 174 miles - making them more visible on Earth. However, after company engineers review the initial data, the satellite thrusters will push them up to a higher orbit. They will join 60 other satellites that were launched in May. Elon Musk, SpaceX founder, wants to put thousands of these in orbit. He said it will offer high speed internet service everywhere."

a-1575961989 Nov 12, 2019 08:56 AM
Shooting stars?

This was from a SpaceX launch - Space X relased a number of "mini" satellites in lower orbit.

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