How To See SpaceX’s Starlink Satellites In The Sky
When to see Starlink Satellites in June 2020
In June 2020, observers will have two more opportunities to see incredible Starlink satellites in the night sky. Weather permitting, SpaceX will attempt to launch its ninth batch of approximately 60 Starlink broadband internet satellites into low Earth orbit on June 12, 2020. This mission is known as Starlink 8. The Falcon 9 rocket is set to lift off at approximately 09:30 GTM (5:30 a.m. EDT) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
On June 24, the SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is expected to launch the tenth batch of approximately 60 Starlink satellites into orbit. Falcon 9 with new internet satellites for SpaceX’s megaconstellation will lift off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The exact launch time of the mission designated Starlink 9 is to be determined. Follow out news, and you will not miss the satellite ‘train’ in the sky.
How to find Starlink satellites above your location
After the launch of new Starlink satellites, you can find them in our astronomical applications Star Walk 2 and Satellite Tracker by Star Walk. These applications provide detailed, current and accurate information on the position and trajectory of Starlink satellites. In Satellite Tracker by Star Walk, Starlink satellites will appear in the list of objects. To find satellites in Star Walk 2, open the app, go to the search and choose the satellite icon in the bottom right corner of the screen. You will see Starlink satellites at the top of the ‘Main Satellites’ list.
Starlink satellites create 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. Two batches of Starlink satellites launched on June 12 and 24 will raise the total number of satellites on orbit to about 600.
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