Did you see it?

There is a lot of sky to look up at in the West Texas desert. Perfect for UFO sightings.

Is that what the mysterious lights were that were seen moving silently in a straight line across the sky on the east side Monday evening, an intergalactic spaceship?

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Strange Mysterious Lights

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FitFam El Paso

Sorry believers in UFOs, UAPs, and all things extraterrestrial, there is no space alien invasion of El Paso to report. That line of eerie lights wasn’t the outline of a giant spaceship from a galaxy far, far away.

Nor was it planets aligning, a synchronized group of drones, or a secret military weapons test of some sort.

The reality is it was something much less dramatic. As much as I’d like to believe it was an alien visitation, the train of lights in question was Elon Musk's SpaceX Starlink satellites.


SpaceX, Musk's space-exploration company, has been launching these low-orbit satellites as part of an internet service the company is developing.

According to online launch records, Starlink satellites were sent into orbit on September 19, 2022, and their path into their future orbit in space was directly above us.

Then again, maybe that's what they want us to believe and it really was aliens paying us a visit and using the fact that SpaceX Starlink is out there as a very believable cover story.

Cue the "X-Files" theme.

The SpaceX Mission

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The plan is to construct a satellite constellation that will provide high-speed internet to under-served locations all across the globe.

It’s going to take thousands of these things to accomplish the mission, so there’s a chance maybe you spot one of those extra-terrestrial looking string of lights on some future night.

Track the SpaceX

via Reddit user Meandmycarrot
via Reddit user Meandmycarrot

But let's say you don't want to leave it up to chance. Well, there's a website for that. You can find out when the grouping of satellites will be moving over El Paso on any particular night and the best time to view them by using this uber-cool tracking site.

It provides the approximate time the train of bright, white lights is most likely to be visible, the flight path of the satellite constellation, whether cloud cover is going to be an issue and the number of satellites that particular satellite parade will consist of.

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