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UPDATE

Launch has been scrubbed – New launch date and time TBD.

The launch will now take place on Saturday July 11th at 19:00 BST. Watch the launch live below and then watch it pass over the UK after.

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 Saturday 11th July 2020 we are in for a treat. We can watch a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch a new batch of Starlink satellites live from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It may be possible to watch it and its payload of 57 Starlink satellites pass over the UK after launch. If the launch goes ahead, it may be visible 15 minutes after launch in the UK.

It may be visible later in the evening. Looking similar to what the Space Station looks like when it passes over, but slightly less bright. If so, It may be possible to see the satellites start to deploy as the group of objects pass over. A train of satellites resembling a string of pearls across the sky may occur later and following evenings after. More info on how to see the train of new Starlink satellites will be posted on social media. The first visible pass after the launch is to be confirmed. 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 1000. There will be two BlackSky Global micro satellites hitching a lift on this launch also.

What Time?

The Starlink launch is expected to be 22:00 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.

Please note: Northern parts of the UK, especially Scotland may not be able to see the spacecraft immediately after launch. This is 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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