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Watch The 40 Starlink Satellites Destroyed By A Geomagnetic Storm Burn Up In The Sky

Destroyed Starlink Satellites Captured On Video Burning Up In The Sky

A new video has surfaced revealing the tragic end of some Starlink satellites recently destroyed in a geomagnetic storm. SpaceX has declared the loss of up to 40 satellites out of 49, and these units would be crashing into the Earth’s atmosphere to meet their end. These satellites were most likely captured on video as they burnt up above Puerto Rico.    

Whether the footage shows its own satellites, analysts have examined the trajectory and concluded that these are most likely the unlucky Starlink satellites re-entering the atmosphere and being destroyed upon arrival. 

The footage clearly shows that we’re witnessing space debris rather than a meteor. Furthermore, Dr. Marco Langrboeg, a Dutch scientist, verified to SAC that the orientation of the debris corresponds to that of the recently launched Starlinks.

The SpaceX Starlink satellites were launched from the Falcon 9 on February 3, 2022, and were hit by a geomagnetic storm the next day. Despite the efforts of Starlink engineers, the great majority of satellites were destroyed by the storm. SpaceX acknowledged that the satellites’ placement had been substantially affected and would disintegrate upon re-entry.

The missing Starlink satellites are relatively large, weighing 573 pounds and measuring 10.5 feet×5.25 feet. However, they are destroyed as they contact the Earth’s atmosphere, and SpaceX does not anticipate any debris reaching the planet’s surface. However, when seen on camera, the satellite’s end is magnificent. 

The video shows an object disintegrating in the atmosphere on February 7 around 2:39 a.m. local time. A minute later, at 2:40 a.m., a much bigger explosion is seen in the sky. The object is fragmented, indicating that we’re seeing space debris and not something that occurs naturally, such as a small meteor.

On February 7 at 2:39 a.m., a video shows an object dissolving in the atmosphere. A minute later, at 2:40 a.m., a massive explosion is seen in the sky. The item appears fragmented, indicating that it is space trash rather than a meteor.

If SpaceX has indeed lost 40 of the 49 satellites, we will undoubtedly continue to hear reports of Starlink equipment bursting in the sky. The satellites have already been declared lost by SpaceX. They will certainly be drawn back down to Earth and destroyed if they are still in orbit.