Multiple satellites on same track observed

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Heey everyone!

it's been a while!

Tonight, I made an interesting observation. When I stepped outside the door to take out some trash a looked up into the beautiful clear dusk/night sky here in southwestern Germany just half an hour ago at around 9 p.m. local time (UTC + 2hrs).
I accidentally spotted the ISS approaching from the west/southwest when moments after I looked up vertically and spotted a faint satellite, about the magnitude of current Beutelgeuze star, tracking from South to North. I then spotted another satellite, same brightness about 10 to 15 degrees behind on the same track. Then I recognized another one following the second one, same parameters. I was quite surprised but it would get even better. I looked back to the first of those slowly losing sight of it while it continued to the North, I looked back to the second and third one, only to spot a fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth ones following the others. I lost count of the total but it might have been 10 alltogether.

Wow, I have never seen this before. It was quite eerie. Does anybody know if these are research satellites or perhaps military ones?

Thanks for any thoughts on this!
 

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I looked up info on Starlink and it might be very well possible, yes. Thank you Artlav! Didn't know about that project.
 

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I saw this several years ago, during a lunar eclipse :blink:
(best video I could find, disregard any UFO talk)

These were the NOSS naval spy sats. I think there are no more of these trios, only some duos, which although impressive they don't have the same WOW factor.
 
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