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We, as a family, ended up watching these last night and it was awesome, along with looking and learning about different stars.

Quite a few going over the UK again tonight, and this week.

No telescope needed!

If you're unsure of direction, i've added a couple of FREE Compass apps to help you find the right location.


Compass app for Google Play

Compass app iOS



Starlink is a project that intends to put 12,000 satellites into the Earth's orbit so they can provide cheap Wi-Fi to the world.


They're built and launched by SpaceX, a rocket company, which is owned by billionaire Elon Musk.

The firm sends its satellites up in batches of 60 at a time and has so far deployed 362 into orbit.

Kind of thing you'll see below


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sJohnson2321/04/2020 12:33

You know when in a sci-fi movie, there’s giant laser adverts in the sky a …You know when in a sci-fi movie, there’s giant laser adverts in the sky and holograms leaning over skyscrapers and corporate logos layered across the moon? And you watch it and you think “Well, surely people would have protested that and banned them from wiping out the night sky for commercial reasons”?Turns out that filmmakers were pretty much on the money and we’d not only allow everything to get trashed but we’d also come out to watch the destruction.



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Anyone else feel slightly underwhelmed by this, basically you are looking at metal junk floating in space. All these satellites have taken away from the beauty of the natural sky at night
You know when in a sci-fi movie, there’s giant laser adverts in the sky and holograms leaning over skyscrapers and corporate logos layered across the moon? And you watch it and you think “Well, surely people would have protested that and banned them from wiping out the night sky for commercial reasons”?

Turns out that filmmakers were pretty much on the money and we’d not only allow everything to get trashed but we’d also come out to watch the destruction.
Deano46721/04/2020 12:43

Anyone else feel slightly underwhelmed by this, basically you are looking …Anyone else feel slightly underwhelmed by this, basically you are looking at metal junk floating in space. All these satellites have taken away from the beauty of the natural sky at night


Quite the opposite I'm afraid. I love locating the ISS and obviously planets in the night sky. Will be looking for this tonight with my daughter.
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Will give it a try...
Thank you for posting, we looked but missed it last night so will try again as having the times is helpful.
We saw them last night and a shooting star!
Kandy21/04/2020 12:20

Thank you for posting, we looked but missed it last night so will try …Thank you for posting, we looked but missed it last night so will try again as having the times is helpful.


Exactly, really handy tool to use!

We'll usually get out 10-15 mins prior just incase times are a little off
The OP's photo suggests you can see a line of satellites in the sky, or is it just a timelapse photo? I went out at 9:58 last night, but didn't see anything out of the ordinary.
Toffeegirl5721/04/2020 12:22

We saw them last night and a shooting star!


Ah that's amazing!

We took a few photos, were via phone though, so not very clear but you can just about make them out
terriclarkfan21/04/2020 12:25

The OP's photo suggests you can see a line of satellites in the sky, or is …The OP's photo suggests you can see a line of satellites in the sky, or is it just a timelapse photo? I went out at 9:58 last night, but didn't see anything out of the ordinary.


Yes a line of dots moving. Not time-lapse
New lot being sent up thurs so should appear Friday night as a line
terriclarkfan21/04/2020 12:25

The OP's photo suggests you can see a line of satellites in the sky, or is …The OP's photo suggests you can see a line of satellites in the sky, or is it just a timelapse photo? I went out at 9:58 last night, but didn't see anything out of the ordinary.


Depends on the day/night, some will be 2/3, others much more.

e.g tonight there is 41 in a row around 9pm UK time

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veralum21/04/2020 12:28

New lot being sent up thurs so should appear Friday night as a line


Good to know, thank you
Apparently last night they were more spaced apart than initially assumed, was great to see a few along with a meteor but assumption tonight is it will be more train like.
You know when in a sci-fi movie, there’s giant laser adverts in the sky and holograms leaning over skyscrapers and corporate logos layered across the moon? And you watch it and you think “Well, surely people would have protested that and banned them from wiping out the night sky for commercial reasons”?

Turns out that filmmakers were pretty much on the money and we’d not only allow everything to get trashed but we’d also come out to watch the destruction.
sJohnson2321/04/2020 12:33

You know when in a sci-fi movie, there’s giant laser adverts in the sky a …You know when in a sci-fi movie, there’s giant laser adverts in the sky and holograms leaning over skyscrapers and corporate logos layered across the moon? And you watch it and you think “Well, surely people would have protested that and banned them from wiping out the night sky for commercial reasons”?Turns out that filmmakers were pretty much on the money and we’d not only allow everything to get trashed but we’d also come out to watch the destruction.


That's a bit dramatic, satellite orbital slots are very carefully administered...
sJohnson2321/04/2020 12:33

You know when in a sci-fi movie, there’s giant laser adverts in the sky a …You know when in a sci-fi movie, there’s giant laser adverts in the sky and holograms leaning over skyscrapers and corporate logos layered across the moon? And you watch it and you think “Well, surely people would have protested that and banned them from wiping out the night sky for commercial reasons”?Turns out that filmmakers were pretty much on the money and we’d not only allow everything to get trashed but we’d also come out to watch the destruction.



40487229-TGARX.jpg
been looking up for the spacex starlink sattelites for the past 2 nights but had no luck...
Anyone else feel slightly underwhelmed by this, basically you are looking at metal junk floating in space. All these satellites have taken away from the beauty of the natural sky at night
where does it say which direction in the sky to look ? (from yorkshire) my house is south facing so i dont want to be looking south when i should be looking north...
thanks.
Super stuff - looked at it yesterday and thought of posting - then got distracted Good you posted, now I have added motivation to try and star gaze tonight
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Thanx Dan, Much appreciated
cooknaris21/04/2020 12:41

been looking up for the spacex starlink sattelites for the past 2 nights …been looking up for the spacex starlink sattelites for the past 2 nights but had no luck...


We've had clear skies here, we used site i posted and a compass app to find the direction (see OP), otherwise i think i would've missed most of them!

Now we know what to look out for, it gets easier.
i was using findstarlink.com which also has an app.. made sure i was looking in the right direction as they went overhead(ish) but nothing ?
Great watched them last night but this site makes it a lot easier
cooknaris21/04/2020 12:48

i was using https://findstarlink.com which also has an app.. made sure i …i was using https://findstarlink.com which also has an app.. made sure i was looking in the right direction as they went overhead(ish) but nothing 😫


Urgh Hopefully it'll be clearer tonight for you, i'll give you a wave!
You can also spot the international space station fairly regularly.
awesome - have my sony a7 iii ready for a time-lapse!
Didn’t manage to see these last night, but did see a few shooting stars, should be more visible tonight as there is a meteor shower
Deano46721/04/2020 12:43

Anyone else feel slightly underwhelmed by this, basically you are looking …Anyone else feel slightly underwhelmed by this, basically you are looking at metal junk floating in space. All these satellites have taken away from the beauty of the natural sky at night


Quite the opposite I'm afraid. I love locating the ISS and obviously planets in the night sky. Will be looking for this tonight with my daughter.
Saw a few last night but might have been something else as while they all travelled in the same direction it was more like seeing 1 every minute or so. Also seen a bright flash two nights in a row.

Apparently he wants to put 42,000 of the things up there and other countries including China want to do the same, the skies are going to look very different in the near future.
Eastldnjak21/04/2020 12:56

Quite the opposite I'm afraid. I love locating the ISS and obviously …Quite the opposite I'm afraid. I love locating the ISS and obviously planets in the night sky. Will be looking for this tonight with my daughter.


We will have to agree to disagree then, enjoy them anyway
cookied21/04/2020 12:43

where does it say which direction in the sky to look ? (from yorkshire) my …where does it say which direction in the sky to look ? (from yorkshire) my house is south facing so i dont want to be looking south when i should be looking north... thanks.


I thought folks from where you live deny the existence of anything outside Yorkshire
Deano46721/04/2020 13:00

We will have to agree to disagree then, enjoy them anyway


cookied21/04/2020 12:43

where does it say which direction in the sky to look ? (from yorkshire) my …where does it say which direction in the sky to look ? (from yorkshire) my house is south facing so i dont want to be looking south when i should be looking north... thanks.


when you click on the time/date, it'll show prnt.sc/s3afkc ''See where it'll appear in the sky'' - click that
Apparantly tonights has been cancelled.

- CANCELED! - 10:34 pm, 21 Apr 2020
[Try April 22 plz] Starlink-5,6 OLD, DIM (2.6) for 6 mins
Look from WEST to EAST (details)
Elevation (from horizon): start: 10°, max: 79°, end: 57°
cookied21/04/2020 12:43

where does it say which direction in the sky to look ? (from yorkshire) my …where does it say which direction in the sky to look ? (from yorkshire) my house is south facing so i dont want to be looking south when i should be looking north... thanks.


click on the deal - it opens the website - enter your address or post code - then you're taken to street view (in a simulated night view) then you see a simulation of the satellites flying over on repeat - press pause when the satellites are viewable then you can move around like in street view to find the best place to look
Edited by: "speedbird747" 21st Apr
Eastldnjak21/04/2020 12:56

Quite the opposite I'm afraid. I love locating the ISS and obviously …Quite the opposite I'm afraid. I love locating the ISS and obviously planets in the night sky. Will be looking for this tonight with my daughter.


Indeed, it is a fantastic achievement of mankind and should be celebrated, also remember that Elon Musk is running a private enterprise without (direct) support from government... I still can't wrap my head around the complexities of GPS system and that the US military let us use it all or free!
Nice post! Thanks alot!
They look nothing like the ops picture which is clearly either a time-lapse still or a star stack of multille photos.

I have seen the starlink train many times and it has never looked like that.

For example, the first sat in the train last night entered the UK area as the last one was leaving Venezuela!!! That is how long the train is and the satellites are spread out over that distance. It takes about 20 minutes for the train to pass. If they looked like the photo, it would be over less than a few minutes.
ArcadeAssassin21/04/2020 13:22

They look nothing like the ops picture which is clearly either a …They look nothing like the ops picture which is clearly either a time-lapse still or a star stack of multille photos. I have seen the starlink train many times and it has never looked like that. For example, the first sat in the train last night entered the UK area as the last one was leaving Venezuela!!! That is how long the train is and the satellites are spread out over that distance. It takes about 20 minutes for the train to pass. If they looked like the photo, it would be over less than a few minutes.


It all depends on the day

The other week 6 of them "chased" the ISS across the sky and were all easily viewed by me and my kids, and they were fairly close together
I think we saw 4 last night, they weren't that bright and the kids (14, 12 & 10) certainly weren't impressed!
They looked like 4 stars moving in the same general direction (west to east) but they weren't in a line.
It was slightly cloudy though.
Maybe I only saw the first few and the later ones looked more impressive? I shall have another look tonight, I think they are due at about 22:30.
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