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How to see Starlink Satellite Constellation in the night sky

How to see Starlink Satellite Constellation in the night sky. #starlink #spacex

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  1. Go to CalSky.com.
  2. Start by setting your location here. (You can view Starlink without making an account, but I would recommend it so you can save a location for later use)
  3. Click on ‘Satellites‘ then ‘Sat Library
  4. Select your duration at the top of the page for the amount of time you would like to see future fly-by’s. (I usually select ‘1 Week’)
  5. Type “starlink” in the or find a satellite by name or number box.
  6. Click on “Sighting Opportunities” (bookmark this page)
  7. Check the following boxes: (you can utilize others like transits/close encounters later on, but for the sole purpose of viewing use these)
    1. Show satellite passes
    2. Satellite must be illuminated
  8. Scroll back up to the top and click “GO” again to refresh.
  9. Scrolling down, you’ll see a list of the upcoming passes of the Starlink constellation.
  10. If you are confused by the 24h time format “21:36:42” that means 9:36:42pm. (12 + 9 = 21) There is an option to switch to the 12h format (9:36 pm) located on the page where you set your location. (#2 on that page)
  11. To know where to look, use the little map on the right side of each pass
    1. This image shows the satellites will be starting from the southwest direction, peaking in the southeast part of the sky ~45deg up or so (halfway to straight up), then going towards the northeast.
    2. Here’s another example: this one shows the satellites coming from northwest, going straight overhead, and towards the southeast. Starlink satellites will always be coming from the west and going east. (NW->SE & SW->NE, never from the east)
    3. If you’re not familiar with which way is North/South/East/West, grab a compass app on your phone’s app store to assist.
    4. Using the “another example” #2 map above as one: Appears = where the blue line starts (NW), Culmination = where the point of the blue arrow is (straight over your head), Disappears = where the blue line ends (SE) They are not always directly overhead, some may reach their peak height closer to the horizon, in one area of the sky (like #10, peaking in the SSE sky ~45° up)

Directions are from :  https://www.tmahlmann.com/2019/05/how-to-watch-or-photograph-starlink/ 


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