Starlink Spotting


#1

Really well made website that shows visible satellites


Amateur Astronomy
#2

I used it for the Starlink satellites but the predictions were wrong. Mind you, so is every other site I tried.


#3

I saw 39 bang on time about a week ago; another batch in a few days.

What’s really amazing is how they integrated Street view to show you where they would appear relative to your gaff- though that’s gone due to costs so can’t comment on its accuracy


#4

I have seen the spread out ones a few times now but would love to see the tightly packed together ones. Any tips?


#5

That was freaky !


#6

They stay clustered for some time (maybe a few weeks or couple of months?) after launch before spreading out along the orbit and moving higher / further away. I’ve found the prediction sites don’t seem to take account of that and have been disappointed a few times. I got one good look at a train of 40 or so in a 10 minute window a few weeks ago. Unfortunately Starlink 6 – the most recent batch launched on April 22nd – doesn’t come round to us until late May. Evening viewings, as opposed to early morning, aren’t until early June. And of course Musk is experimenting with making each batch less visible.


#7

An expensive screen saver. :thinking:

This video shows a “train” of SpaceX Starlink satellites crossing with each other on April 22, 2020, shortly after launch. This was a test of a laser communication system. Laser beams are not visible to the human eye because their wavelengths are not in the spectrum of visible light. Digital cameras can capture a wider range of wavelengths, so it is possible to capture laser beams in this case as well.


#8

LOL. So much bullshit in one paragraph. The “science” is as fake as the video.


#9

I did think it had a bit of a retro vibe to and the motion was a bit strange… I’ll drink coffee before I post anymore starlink videos!