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The launch will now take place on Wednesday July 8th at 16:54 BST. Watch the launch live below.

During the Coronavirus lockdown many of the UK public have been looking up each evening. Above all, they have seen meteors the ISS and trains of SpaceX Starlink satellites fly over their homes.

On Wednesday 8th July 2020 we are in for a treat. We can watch a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch a new batch of 57 Starlink satellites live from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It may be possible to watch the very same rocket and its payload of 57 Starlink satellites later in the evening as it passes over the UK after launch. It will not be visible 15 minutes after launch in the UK due to the earlier launch time.

Expect to see an object similar to what the Space Station looks like when it passes over, but slightly less bright. It may be possible to see some of the 60 satellites start to deploy as the group of objects pass over. A complete train of satellites looking like a string of pearls across the sky will probably occur later in the evening and following evenings after. More info on how to see this tight train of new Starlink satellites will be posted on social media, when there is more accurate timing information. Currently, the first visible pass after the post launch pass is to be confirmed. more details will be posted sooner to the time.

This will be the 10th batch of Starlink Satellites – Designated Starlink 9. This will bring the current total of Starlink Satellites in orbit to around 600. There will be two BlackSky Global micro satellites hitching a lift on this launch also.

What Time?

The Starlink launch is expected at 16:54 BST (UK Time). This may change so stay up to date on launch timings with @VirtualAstro on twitter and Facebook.

The final stage of the rocket and its cargo of satellites should be visible approximately 10 – 15 minutes after launch. But due to the new launch time, the launch pass won’t be visible over the UK.

Please note: All of the UK will not be able to see the spacecraft immediately after launch due to sunset times. However, you should be able to see the satellites on consecutive passes. Follow @VirtualAstro on twitter and Facebook for info.

How to Watch The Starlink Launch and Later Pass

You can watch the launch live below.

Read more about Starlink here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpaceX_Starlink

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