How To See 60 New Starlink Satellites In The Sky
SpaceX has just launched its eighth Starlink mission. This means that skywatchers will get the opportunity to take a look at satellite ‘train’ again. Here’s how.
SpaceX’s Starlink 7 Mission
On June 3, 2020, at 9:25 p.m. EDT (June 4, 2020, 1:25 UTC), SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched the eighth batch of approximately 60 Starlink satellites into Earth orbit. New satellites will form a constellation designed to provide broadband Internet across the globe.
Falcon 9 lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The mission was originally scheduled for May 7, 2020, but was delayed multiple times.
How to see Starlink satellites in the sky
60 new Starlink satellites will soon appear in our astronomical applications Star Walk 2 and Satellite Tracker by Star Walk. Follow our news, and do not miss the opportunity to catch a glimpse of them.
The launch of Starlink satellites creates a spectacular view in the night sky. They are visible to the naked eye and appear as a string of pearls or a ‘train’ of bright lights moving in a straight line across the dark sky. With our applications, you will be able to quickly find Starlink satellites in the sky from your location and enjoy the light show.
About the Starlink project
The goal of SpaceX’s Starlink project is to provide high-speed broadband Internet access to everywhere on the planet. To achieve this goal, SpaceX plans to launch about 30 thousand satellites into Earth orbit. Representatives of the company say that this would allow people living in sparsely populated and hard-to-reach areas to use the Internet at the speed of up to 1 gigabit per second. The ultimate Elon Musk’s plan is a massive constellation of 42 thousand satellites.
According to SpaceX, at least 360 satellites would be needed to provide basic service, and 720 satellites would be required for moderate coverage.
In May of 2019, SpaceX launched the first 60 Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit aboard a Falcon 9 rocket. Since that time, the company has launched 420 Starlink satellites into orbit. This batch of satellites will raise the total number to about 480.
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