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    SpaceX's Starlink Satellite 'Train'

    My daughter stopped by this evening, and as we stood in the driveway talking, she pointed out what she first thought was a line of geese flying south. But they were in a straight line, and no "honking" was heard, so we just watched this series of lights in a straight line moving south across the sky.

    Little did I know we were watching SpaceX's Starlink Satellite Train!


    How to See SpaceX's Starlink Satellite 'Train' in the Night Sky


    SpaceX's new array of Starlink communication satellites has even the most jaded of satellite observers agog with excitement as they move across the sky.

    On Thursday evening (May 23), SpaceX launched 60 Starlink satellites into orbit on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The satellites are in good health and are the first of a planned 12,000-satellite megaconstellation to provide internet access to people on Earth.

    The satellites, which are now orbiting at approximately 273 miles (440 km) above the Earth, are putting on a spectacular show for ground observers as they move across the night sky.


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    Its pretty cool, though I hope they manage to reduce the albedo of the next satellite launches so we don't disrupt astronomers telescopic views of the sky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leonhard View Post
    Its pretty cool, though I hope they manage to reduce the albedo of the next satellite launches so we don't disrupt astronomers telescopic views of the sky.
    It sounds like they're planning about 36,000 of these?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    It sounds like they're planning about 36,000 of these?
    Don't know what the final figure will land on, but you can bet your hide Google and Amazon, and Chinese companies want in on this eventually. SpaceX just happens to the first, shocking the world by launching 60 satellites at once.

    It certainly shocked the astronomers who are understandably a bit concerned.

    I love it when a technical development starts to shake up the foundations of business, and what's possible.

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    Geese fly south from where you are??



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    Quote Originally Posted by mossrose View Post
    Geese fly south from where you are??

    They winter in Mexico or Central America.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    They winter in Mexico or Central America.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Leonhard View Post
    Its pretty cool, though I hope they manage to reduce the albedo of the next satellite launches so we don't disrupt astronomers telescopic views of the sky.
    My thoughts exactly. 12,000 satellites with that sort of brightness. Keep in mind the total number of visible stars in the night sky is generally quoted as under 5000. And many of those stars are much dimmer than these satellites.

    They would only be visible relatively early in the evening at that altitude, but still - not such a good thing for astronomers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oxmixmudd View Post
    They would only be visible relatively early in the evening at that altitude, but still - not such a good thing for astronomers.
    I'm honestly a bit disappointed in the Astronomical communities in not voicing their concerns earlier, but only beginning to right as the launches begin. SpaceX and Elon Musk had been talking about this for nearly a decade up until that point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leonhard View Post
    I'm honestly a bit disappointed in the Astronomical communities in not voicing their concerns earlier, but only beginning to right as the launches begin. SpaceX and Elon Musk had been talking about this for nearly a decade up until that point.
    Do you think that the astronomical community maybe thought it was just a pipe dream, or would never really happen?
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