The satellites had been launched earlier within the day in Florida, KING-TV of Seattle reported.
Sightings had been reported round 9 p.m. in areas akin to Bellevue, Puyallup and Covington, Wash., and at the same time as far south as Portland, Ore., in accordance with the station.
The objects had been recognized by Dr. James Davenport, an assistant professor within the Astronomy Division on the College of Washington.
“What we really noticed was the 60 Starlink satellites that had simply been deployed this afternoon and so they had been nonetheless in low orbit, and so they had been nonetheless clustered collectively so we name this, like, the Starlink prepare,’” Davenport informed KING. “You see, like, a bit chain of satellites all shut collectively, reflecting daylight again at us.”
SpaceX confirmed the deployment of the satellites Tuesday afternoon however as of 11 p.m. PT had not responded to KING concerning the Washington state sightings, the station reported.