How to see SpaceX's spectacular Starlink satellite train

A US company's satellites have sparked fears of an alien invasion - and they can be viewed from New Zealand.

Just a few days ago, Elon Musk's SpaceX company launched its first 60 Starlink internet satellites into orbit. They are part of an ambitious project by SpaceX to create a shell of 12,000 satellites around the world, providing cheap communication abilities.

The satellites are visible as a string of bright dots flying across the night sky, leading to over 150 reports of UFO sightings in the Netherlands alone.

Video of the event was shot by amateur astronomer Dr Marco Langbroek, showing the line of satellites shooting above him.

And they're lighting up New Zealand's skies as well. A satellite tracking site has calculated the times and coordinates for when the Starlink satellites will be above each of our main cities.

"You're probably aware that a train of Starlink satellites is visible in the nightsky, to the naked eye," the site says.

"The effect is quite amazing, like a line of light moving across the sky."