Starlink is the plans from Elon Musk’s SpaceX to provide internet to all quarters of the globe using satellite technology. There are now more than 830 Starlink satellites in orbit, with SpaceX soon to roll out its internet capabilities. While the venture has been acknowledged as a good cause, the Starlink satellites are visible to the naked eye.
Astronomers warn this is ruining their view of the Universe, while the public report sightings of strange lights up above.
A stream of Starlink satellites are regularly visible, and this week is no different.
Here are the times Starlink will travel above you in the UK this week, according to Find Starlink – all times in GMT.
Sunday, November 15: Travelling west to east at 5.48am
Sunday, November 15: Travelling west to east at 6.29am
Monday, November 16: Travelling northwest to east at 5.32am
Monday, November 16: Travelling west to east at 6.22am
Tuesday, November 17: Travelling northwest to east at 5.25am
Tuesday, November 17: Travelling west to east at 6.08am
Wednesday, November 18: Travelling northeast to east at 5.11am
Wednesday, November 18: Travelling west to east at 5.59am
However, Elon Musk and co have worked on reducing the brightness of Starlink satellites as to avoid hurting the view of the cosmos.
Mr Musk vowed to do so earlier this year, and now satellites may not be as easy to spot, according to Find Starlink.
The website said: “Based on user reports, Starlink trains are not very visible right now.
“This is because Starlink’s company has reduced their brightness (to avoid disturbing astronomers).
“But a few reports of successful sightings come in every day, so you can try your luck.”
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Find Starlink also allows users to track the satellites in real-time.
According to the website, there are currently three streams of satellites.
At the time of writing, one is heading over the Pacific Ocean from New Zealand to the US.
Another is heading southeast across Europe to eastern Africa.
The third is currently situated between the continents of South America and Africa.
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