A DOTTED line of bright lights was seen in the skies over Wrexham on Wednesday night.

People spotted the unusual spectacle across the county with some speculating about aliens and asteroids. 

But it wasn't anything otherworldly - the line of lights came from Elon Musk's Space X Starlink satellite. 

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Space X began launching Starlink satellites in 2019. Its aim is to provide internet coverage to the most rural parts of the world by sending thousands of small satellites into orbit.

The satellites beam down broadband signals to areas without strong cable connections.

It is currently being used in UK Government trials to connect areas without strong internet connections.

Digital secretary Michelle Donelan said last year: "Ensuring everyone can get a quality internet connection is crucial to our levelling up plans and these trials aim to find a solution to the prohibitively high cost of rolling out cables to far-flung locations."

Musk's project launched in 2019 and by August 2023 there were around 5,000 in the skies. 


The probes are easiest to glimpse within a day or two of their launch. 

The Starlink website explains: “Most satellite internet services come from single geostationary satellites that orbit the planet at 35,786km.

"As a result, the round trip data time between the user and satellite – also known as latency – is high, making it nearly impossible to support streaming, online gaming, video calls or other high data rate activities.

“Starlink is a constellation of thousands of satellites that orbit the planet much closer to Earth, at about 550km, and cover the entire globe. Because Starlink satellites are in a low orbit, latency is significantly lower – around 25ms vs 600+ms.”