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Lights in the sky last night over Stamford, Rutland, Bourne and the Deepings

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Last night several people in the Stamford, Bourne and Deepings areas reported seeing lights in the sky overhead.

One Stamford resident counted about 30 lights that passed over at about 9.30pm (on Sunday, April 19), each at a regular interval from the one previously.

Some people in Bourne and the Deepings took to social media to suggest it was a meteor shower they were seeing - the Lyrid meteor show was due to be seen in the sky last night.

An astronomer checks out the night sky. Stock image
An astronomer checks out the night sky. Stock image

Others thought it was a fleet of low-orbiting SpaceX Starlink Satellites that has just been launched.

Kelly Poole, who lives in Easton-on-the-Hill, e-mailed to say: "I counted just over 60 lights in the sky last night!

"I thought it was the military at first but then found out it was satellites; it was very bizarre to see.

"Apparently Elon Musk had launched them."

Elon Musk's SpaceX company based in California has more than 350 satellites orbiting Earth and it could reach more than 1,000. The plan is for the fleet to provide satellite internet access.

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