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An unusual ‘train’ of lights have been spotted streaked across the sky.

The mysterious line of burning lights in Plymouth was captured in incredible photographs yesterday evening.

While some viewers speculated the lights indicated apocalypse was underway, it is thought the sighting is a satellite train launched by Elon Musk last November, PlymouthLive reports.

The Starlink constellation is part of Elon Musk’s ambitious SpaceX project to enable satellite Internet access.

The technology entrepreneur wants to put an initial , satellites in low-Earth orb it at (km,) (km and 1,

km) to provide worldwide Internet access .

The lights are thought to be from Elon Musk’s SpaceX project to enable satellite Internet

Each satellite is said to be the size of a table and includes a reflective solar panel for power.

Aaron Barrett said he witnessed the satellites lighting up the whole Sky. He said: “We just spotted the perfect line of Elon Musks spacex satellites from Plymouth covering the whole sky in a perfect line apparently there is (of them.)

Strange ‘orbs’ have also been reported in Cornwall.

Rob Lane saw the satellites in Cornwall dashing across the sky at around 6. pm last night.

He told Cornwall Live he was looking out of the back door of his house, with his partner, when he saw two satellites that looked roughly a mile apart from each other.

The lights are thought to be from Elon Musk's SpaceX project to enable satellite Internet

Onlookers a ‘perfect line ‘of satellites moving quickly across the sky

He added: “Then there was another and another and at least another that followed heading east from Camborne and was going quite fast my partner called up to me to look out the bedroom window.

“We have seen some sightings over the years but this one is one we will never forget”

Elon Musk’s SpaceX completed the last big test of its crew capsule yesterday before launching astronauts in as little as two months, mimicking an emergency escape shortly after lift-off on Sunday.

No-one was aboard for the wild ride in the skies above Cape Canaveral, just two mannequins.

The Falcon 9 rocket blasted off as normal but just over a minute into its supersonic flight, the Dragon crew capsule catapulted off the top miles above the Atlantic.

SpaceX founder and chief engineer Elon Musk completed the first big test of the crew capsule yesterday

The capsule reached an altitude of about miles before parachuting into the ocean just offshore to bring the nine-minute test flight to a close and pave the way for two NASA astronauts to climb aboard next time.

Within minutes, a recovery ship was alongside the capsule and preparing to pull it from the water .

“I’m super fired up,” said Mr Musk, the company founder and chief executive.

“It’s just going to be wonderful to get astronauts back into orbit from American soil after almost a decade of not being able to do so.

“That’s just super exciting.”

Recycled from three previous launches, the SpaceX rocket was destroyed as it crashed into the sea in pieces.

SpaceX’s Mars Starship prototype Starhopper during a test flight in Boca Chica, Texas

The company founded and led by Mr Musk normally recovers its boosters, landing them upright on a floating platform or back at the launch site.

“That’s the main objective of this test, is to show that we can carry the astronauts safely away from the rocket in case anything’s going wrong,” SpaceX’s Benji Reed, director of crew mission management, said.

“This test is very important to us … a huge practice session,” Mr Reed added.

Nasa’s commercial crew program manager, Kathy Lueders, said the launch abort test was “our last open milestone” before allowing SpaceX to launch Doug Hurley and Robert Behnken to the International Space Station.

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