While visibility is expected to be poor, you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse if you know where to look at what time
The Starlink satellites train will again be soaring across the Surrey night sky on Wednesday evening (May 6), albeit with poor visibility.
Elon Muskâs SpaceX group of satellites form a network that was launched into low-Earth orbit to bring broadband internet connection to the whole world.
The satellites are being launched in batches, with different batches visible at different times in a ‘train’ of lights.
The third set of satellites to launch – known as Starlink-3, will pass over Surrey at 9.01pm on Wednesday.
The satellites will generally appear in the south west at 10 degrees above the horizon and head east. They will then appear again at 10.36pm. moving west to east, and at 12.12am on Thursday (May 7) moving west to northwest, again starting at 10 degrees above the horizon.
To work out where to look, hold your fist up with the bottom resting on the horizon and the top of your knuckles will be approximately 10 degrees above it. Use your compass or app to find out which way is west and south west.
If you want to track the satellites in real-time, you can visit the Find Starlink website.
The site allows you to view the satellites’ location in real-time on a map, or input your location to see exactly when the satellites will be visible from your home.
Results are filtered based on how bright the satellites will be, with those listed as ‘Bright’ giving you the best chance to see them.
Elon Musk hopes the satellites will bring low-cost internet to remote areas on Earth with around 12,000 satellites.
Starlink explained: “With performance that far surpasses that of traditional satellite internet, and a global network unbounded by ground infrastructure limitations, Starlink will deliver high speed broadband internet to locations where access has been unreliable, expensive, or completely unavailable.”
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