The Santa Fe New Mexican fielded several calls from residents curious about the array of bright lights spotted in the skies over the region Thursday evening.

Lt. Chris McCord of the Santa Fe Police Department said his agency received a number of calls about the lights — which turned out to be a group of internet-driven satellites launched by Space X Starlink out of Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Thursday. According to the NASA website, the Group 4-3 mission carried 48 Starlink satellites and two ride-share payloads. The effect looks like a moving constellation.

NASA said at least three more of those satellite flights are planned between Dec. 5 and Dec. 18.

General Assignment Reporter

Robert Nott has covered education and youth issues for the Santa Fe New Mexican. He is assigned to The New Mexican's city desk where he covers a general assignment beat.

(9) comments

John McDivitt

Oops! Make that "It's Good News Week"! Drat!

John McDivitt

Cue the music... "It's The End of the World As We Know It" by Hedgehoppers Anonymous! ;)

Charles W Rodriguez

OMG. No wonder the Santa Fe worry warts think the sky is falling. The aliens are already here...LOL

Ann Maes

More space junk - first pollute the earth, then the space around it. At some point the sky will really be falling.

Lynn k Allen

How true.... and the space junk will be more expensive to deal with.

Chicken Little was right.

Floyd Cable

Elon Musk et al are permanently changing global night skies with these long, multi-unit satellite arrays. This is just the beginning, with many, many more arrays to come. There will eventually be better internet service for some under-served areas, but the night sky around the world will not be the same. No longer will we be able to contemplate nearly the same starry nights seen by our earliest ancestors. That will be a loss to all of humankind.

Mike Johnson

[thumbup] Indeed, but even worse, Musk is a charlatan and like Bezos, Gates, Zuckerberg, Branson, and others who represent the modern day robber barons who, like the Gilded Age versions, will try to dominate the economy through monopoly formation, and destroy true capitalism as we know it. The government has not been doing the job it should of regulating these people, they need to be broken up and have done what happened to Carnegie, Mellon, Rockefeller, Morgan, and the previous ones.

Charlotte SantaFe

Looked like a very long moving sky banner. Similar to seeing sattelites , after the reflection from viewer perspective changes, the sattelites seem to dissappear.

Its fun living in The 21st Century.

DeeDee Downs


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