Aussies will soon be able to connect the Starlink network later this year, but you can actually see the satellites with your own eyes right now! With over 1000 satellites successfully launched, and a further 60 launched on the 15th of February, there’s plenty of them to catch a glimpse of.
Deployment of 60 Starlink satellites confirmed pic.twitter.com/ta7iXyr7BK
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) March 4, 2021
In fact, SpaceX has another deployment planned today (March 9th) of a further 60 satellites.
Falcon 9 launch of 60 Starlink satellites is targeted for tomorrow, March 9 at 9:58 p.m. EST from Florida. Weather is looking good for launch and landing https://t.co/bJFjLCzWdK
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) March 9, 2021
Starlink is designed to deliver high-speed, low latency, internet anywhere across the planet. In order to do this, they must have a Low Earth Orbit, which is significantly closer than the geosynchronous orbit we find most other satellites in.
Thanks to this low orbit, Australians can catch a glimpse of the Starlink satellite formations, also known as constellations. To make it even easier, there is a nifty app to help you track the location and plan a time to take a peek.
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The Find Starlink Satellites App
It gives an option to either select your location or input some coordinates and it will provide a summary of the best times in that particular to catch a glimpse. It will even let you know the expected level of visibility for that particular time.
Even with this information, they won’t be easiy to see because there are so many different factors that need to line up like weather and satellite orientation. It helps if you are away from light pollution but most rural places so get out of the city and get satellite spotting!
If this isn’t your things. there’s a very cool satellite map containing the satellites from Starlink & OneWeb.
img source: starwalk.medium.com