What Time Can You See Starlink?

A fleet of SpaceX Starlink satellites will once again be visible in the skies above the UK tonight, offering sky gazers a chance to witness a string of up to 60 micro-satellites pass overhead..

According to SpaceX, Starlink will offer speeds of up to a gigabit per second at latencies from 25 milliseconds to 35 milliseconds. That’s much faster than old-school satellites. HughesNet, the grandpa of satellite Internet, offers download speeds up to 25Mbps and upload speeds up to 3Mbps.

You can also track the satellites using the Starlink app on your mobile phone. When you open the application, click a satellite number from the list provided and select your current location to reveal the visible times. The estimated times – according to good visibility – are as follows, according to findstarlink.com.

That means only satellites launched before June 13 have a chance of being seen with the naked eye. As with most stargazing activities, your best chance to see Starlink is about 30 minutes before sunrise or 30 minutes after sunset. They should appear as a string of pearls moving across the night sky.

Tonight, you need to be looking up at 9.35pm to see the satellites. The satellites will move from west to southeast across the sky. To spot them, start looking just above the horizon (10 degrees) at 9.35pm and track directly upwards and across the sky.

The new Starlink 8 satellites will be visible Friday June 5 at 1:16 am for just two minutes. They’ll be coming from Northwest to East at an elevation of about 37 degrees above the horizon to start with. Recent weeks have seen a flurry of activity from SpaceX – a private US rocket firm headed by billionaire Elon Musk.

What time will SpaceX be visible tonight?

Liftoff is set for 9:25 p.m. EDT (0125 June 4 GMT). You can watch the launch live here and on Space.com, courtesy of SpaceX, beginning about 10 minutes before launch. You can also watch the launch directly from SpaceX’s launch website here and via SpaceX’s YouTube page.

You can unsubscribe at any time. SpaceX has delayed its latest launch – but you can still see its Starlink satellites in the sky tonight. Another 60 Starlink satellites were due to be launched into orbit this evening from Cape Canaveral in Florida.