Watch the Starlink train
Dear Science Friends,
I hope you are doing fine in these lockdown times and stay healthy.
Despite all the government regulations and social distancing there are many things to do, especially outdoors when we can see a new phenomenon on the sky.
As you might already know, SpaceX is launching on every Falcon 9 rocket 60 new starlink satellites into space, which will provide broadband internet covering the whole globe. Up to Protected content are planned and now we have currently more than Protected content in orbit since yesterday’s sixth successful launch.
We will be able, pending good weather, to see the satellites travelling in so called “train formations” within the next few days.
I saw a few in the past days and they look really spooky like in a science fiction movie.
So if you have time, join me Friday evening for an online meeting and we can talk about the pros and cons of this incredible plan to have so many satellites in orbit and light polluting the night sky.
Pending weather visibility the satellite train will be visible from Vienna as follows:
(WNW = west north west direction, height in degrees from lower horizon).
Start 21:57:32, direction WNW, max height 24 deg, finish 21:58:47
Start 22:01:35, direction W to WSW, max height 15 deg, finish 22:03:26
Start 20:31:15, from WSW to SW, max height 88 deg, finish 20:37:44
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